CONCORD, Calif. (February 7, 2013)--A camel that escaped from its enclosure twice on Tuesday before it was clipped by a minivan as it walked down a road probably just wanted to be around some other animals, officials said.
The one-humped camel was hit by the van as it walked along a road in Concord, Calif. at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
It was the second time Tuesday the 10-year-old camel named "Phil" escaped from its enclosure.
Earlier in the day residents helped California Highway Patrol officers shepherd the camel off the roadway.
Raymond Ferrante, a land manager for a company overseeing property where the camel is being kept, said UC Davis veterinarians examined the animal and said the camel did not suffer any broken bones, or other injuries.
Ferrante says because camels are "very social" he believes that's why Phil escaped its enclosure twice in one day.