Local vet treats injured camel

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – If you think vets only take care of cats and dogs, think again.

One New Mexico animal clinic is treating an injured camel.

“That’s the last thing I would imagine seeing,” said Double J Animal Hospital Veterinarian Assistant Heather Woodard.

Other employees are just as shocked.

“You never know what the day’s going to turn into,” said Veterinarian Technician Joelene Morris.

Double J Animal Hospital in Hobbs is caring for Maggie, a one-hump camel.

Workers say the animal’s Texas owner put Maggie and her two brothers in a pen to get to know each other.

Instead of some friendly camel play, the two boys attacked Maggie, causing severe bite wounds to her face and foot.

“They’re pretty bad. They go pretty deep. You know, into her sinus cavity,” said Woodard.

The clinic that’s treating Maggie specializes in large animals like horses, but employees say this is the first time they’ve ever housed an animal this exotic.

“Of course we see chickens and snakes here and there, but never ever did I think I would get to practice on a camel,” said Woodard.

Woodard says her and the other staff are enjoying their time with Maggie and soaking in what many of them say is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Everybody is just like, ‘Can we go see the camel? Can we talk to her? Can we let her lick our hands? Can we have fun with her? Can I go medicate her?’ ” she said.

The vet says Maggie is expected to make a full recovery.

She will be taken back to her Texas home sometime next week.

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