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Camel Bites Off Owner's Head After Being Left In Sun

The owner of a camel in Rajasthan State, India, had his head bitten off by the angry animal after it had been left tied up in the heat all day.

The incident occurred in Mangta village May 21, according to the Times of India.

Urjaram had left the camel with its legs tied and was hosting people at his house when he remembered about it.

“The animal lifted him by the neck and threw him on to the ground, chewed the body and severed the head,” Thakara Ram, another villager, told the Times.

It took 25 villagers six hours to calm the animal down.

Rajasthan and India more broadly has been experiencing record temperatures recently. It was well over 40 degrees celsius on the day when the animal was left outside.

Soldiers patrolling the India-Pakistan border have also had problems dealing with irritable camels because of the heat.

Two days prior to the attack, a record temperature of 51 degrees was recorded in the city of Phalodi. This beat the previous record set in 1956.

“Even my mobile phone gave up and stopped working when I was trying to take pictures today,” eye witness Murari Lal Thanvi told the BBC. “I was able to switch my mobile phone on after putting a wet cloth on it for about 20-25 minutes.”

In Gujarat, video has emerged showing tarred roads melting in the heat. Residents lost their sandals and other footwear as they became stuck in the tarmac.

“We are praying to the gods for an early monsoon so that people get some relief, as the heat has taken a toll on our bodies,” Neeraj Kumar told the Independent. “We are not even able to do our daily chores properly.”

Further south, in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, dozens have died during this year’s heat wave.

Sources: Times of India, Independent, BBC / Photo credit: Independent

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