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Tragedy at Brevard Zoo as Sammy the Camel unexpectedly dies

Sad news from Melbourne this morning, as Brevard Zoo have shards the news that popular resident Sammy the Camel has unexpectedly passed.


Brevard Zoo have shared the new son their social media accounts that Dromedary camel Sammy unexpectedly passed away on Thursday morning.


The zoo say that Sammy appeared normal at first in the morning, but he suddenly became unresponsive.


Brevard Zoo Sammy the Camel unexpectedly dies

There were no signs of any issues with Sammy beforehand or any physical abnormalities to suggest what happened.


Sammy will now be taken to the UF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for necropsy and histopathology analyses, and the zoo hope to share those findings soon.


The zoo pointed out that there is no evidence that the cause of Sammy’s illness is being experienced by Frankie, his brother, withveterinary staff running tests on him now, and his animal care team is keeping an eye on him.


Commenting on losing Sammy, the zoo shared "Losing an animal resident is always hard, especially so unexpectedly. We ask that you keep our Expedition Africa animal care team and volunteers in your thoughts."


Brevard Zoo Sammy the Camel unexpectedly dies

Sammy and Frankie came to the Zoo together in 2009, where they shared a habitat with Ankole-Watusi cattle, Eastern bongo, impala, Grévy’s zebra and more Expedition Africa residents.


Africa Barn Area Supervisor Nikki Perry’s favorite memory of Sammy was moving him into different habitats. “He would get excited and run around to see if there were any snacking opportunities,” Nikki said.


Keeper Vanessa Kunz cared for the two camel brothers since their arrival at the Zoo. She described Sammy as a feisty, loveable camel. She remembered how little they both were when they first arrived. They both quickly grew to their average weight – over 1,700 pounds each.


Brevard Zoo Sammy the Camel unexpectedly dies

“Sammy would love to come up to the truck with all the snacks on it and rub his body all over the truck making the truck shake from side the side,” Vanessa said.

Other favorite activities of Sammy included wallowing in puddles, getting his nail trimmed, and enjoying his snacks like browse, carrots, sweet potatoes and lettuce. He was a little lazy – so sometimes he’d army crawl up to the browse or grain.


One of Vanessa’s favorite memories was brushing Sammy when he was losing his winter coat. He tended to lose a lot of hair on the top of his head – and looked like he was balding.


“He is just an amazing animal and I feel lucky that I have gotten to work him all these years,” Vanessa said. “I will always remember him.”



Brevard Zoo Sammy the Camel unexpectedly dies


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