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Camel Bites Woman at Maryland Zoo

Spitting not enough for a camel who bit a Maryland zoo visitor.



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    The animals are known for spitting, but at least one camel in Maryland has gained attention for biting.

    Dina MacDonald, 29, was on a safari ride at the

    Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

    near Thurmont when an adult male camel bit her on the forearm, according to

    Frederick County Animal Control


    The animal, named Malachi, may have smelled some food. Animal control said safari passengers are allowed to feed certain animals, but not all of them. In fact, visitors are advised not to feed Malachi in particular.

    The camel is now quarantined and being tested for any illnesses. MacDonald needed two stitches but is expected to be OK.

    This is not the first time the Catoctin Zoo has had issues with their animals. In 2009, federal inspectors cited the zoo for failing to properly train and supervise workers after a zookeeper was mauled by a jaguar.