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Lawsuit: Woman Attacked by Camel at Confederate President’s Retirement Home


In a lawsuit filed May 8, a woman claimed a camel attacked her at the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Plaintiff Sylvia June Abbott supposedly suffered serious injuries, including to her back and wrist.

The home is called the Beauvoir. Standing in Biloxi, Mississippi, you can bask in the home of the man who led the losing side of the Civil War. Have your wedding there. Visit the petting zoo, with the aforementioned “Sir Camelot.” That’s what Abbott apparently did.

She said she visited the Beauvoir “on or about October 20, 2015” as an invited guest. That is when the alleged attack supposedly happened. In her complaint, she said the defendants, the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, knew that this Sir Camelot “had previously behaved dangerously,” but didn’t spell out any past incidents.

In any case, because of her alleged attack, Abbott claimed she has to deal with physical and mental suffering, as well as ongoing medical expenses, “loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium [business]” and other problems she wants to prove at the trial in a Harrison County circuit court. Abbott claimed the defendants “either created, knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known” how dangerous the camel is.

Beauvoir’s executive director didn’t say much about the complaint.

“Alas, I have not been officially served and therefore cannot comment on the present lawsuit,” Tom Payne told “This same person filed a similar lawsuit in Florida about the same incident sometime in 2015. I cannot comment on ongoing litigation but understand your interest and need for information.”

Update – May 14, 10:36 p.m.: We added a statement from Payne.

[Screengrab of Sir Camelot in 2015 via The SunHerald]

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