Crowd favorite Carl the Camel at the Little Ponderosa Zoo is bei

Crowd favorite Carl the Camel at the Little Ponderosa Zoo is being quarantined

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Carl the Camel, a crowd favorite at the Little Ponderosa Zoo in Clinton is being treated for an unknown illness. Carl the Camel, a crowd favorite at the Little Ponderosa Zoo in Clinton is being treated for an unknown illness.
"I can tell he's been depressed. I've had to come out and spend a little bit more time with him every day," Cox said. "I can tell he's been depressed. I've had to come out and spend a little bit more time with him every day," Cox said.
"When I came here the very first time he gave me a big surprise, a huge kiss," Sakovich said. "When I came here the very first time he gave me a big surprise, a huge kiss," Sakovich said.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


CLINTON (WATE) - Fans of a well known camel in East Tennessee won't be able to see him for at least a few weeks. Carl the Camel, a crowd favorite at the Little Ponderosa Zoo in Clinton is being treated for an unknown illness.

Carl started getting sick around Memorial Day. Since then, he's been hospitalized twice. He came back home Wednesday night, but now has to be quarantined for about two weeks. If that doesn't help, it's likely he will need high risk surgery, says the zoo's founder James Cox.

Sweet, unique and humble are all words used to describe Carl. But lately, Cox says the 12-year-old camel hasn't been himself.

"We realized something was going on. He was having trouble urinating," Cox said.

Doctors aren't sure exactly what's wrong, but he's now on a 10-day medication plan.

"He's still a very young camel, just having a little issues, and never had any before. This is the first time for us, hoping this will take care of it and this will be the last time," Cox said.

Carl normally stays next to another camel named Dallas. Cox says Dallas is missing his friend.

"I can tell he's been depressed. I've had to come out and spend a little bit more time with him every day," Cox said. 

Carl's one of a kind personality is part of the reason why Kat Sakovich started volunteering at the zoo a few years ago.

"When I came here the very first time he gave me a big surprise, a huge kiss," Sakovich said.

"He's family. He's not just a camel, he's family here at the zoo," Cox added.

The zoo started a fund to help pay for Carl's treatment, which has already cost about $2,000.

The Go Fund Me page: Carl the camel needs your help
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