Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gunfight With A Camel...?

Ya know, folks can end up getting killed in the strangest ways sometimes. Guess that when it's your time, it's your time!

This has to be one of the strangest cases of accidental shooting I ever heard of. See if you don't agree.

John Horrocks

As a pioneer and explorer of 19th-century Australia, John Horrocks always ran a fair risk of getting killed by a wild animal. Ultimately, that was indeed the hand fate dealt him. However, he wasn’t bitten by a spider, stung by a medusa, eaten by a shark or even kicked by a kangaroo. In fact, he didn’t get killed by any of the thousands of lethal creatures Australia has to offer.

He was shot to death . . . by a camel.

Horrocks was a camel enthusiast and was keen to introduce the animals to Australia, as he felt they would do well there. This mission came to an an abrupt end, as one day his foul-tempered expedition camel managed to shift its weight so that pack it was carrying caught Horrocks’ weapon, causing it to go off. Sadly, Horrocks was loading the gun at the moment, so the shot took off a few of his fingers before moving on to his face.

John Horrocks died of his injuries, but not before giving orders for the camel to be shot as well. This means that the first and only camel/human gunfight in history technically ended in a draw.

This particular story makes it hard to decide whether to laugh or be sad. However,he probably has the destinction of being one of th only men to ever be in a gunfight with a camel, or any other animal. Guess that's something.

Coffee in the kitchen again. I don't trust these weather guys one bit!


Mamahen said...

Oh I'm with you it is very funny in a sad kinda way....We have freezing rain turning to plain rain today or at least its suppose to :))

Chickenmom said...

Guess he wouldn't be "walking a mile for a Camel" anymore! Snow/sleet forecast for here!

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Anyone besides me ready for spring?

Thanks for the visit!

Hey Phyllis...
Man, I hadn't thought of that commercial in a very long time!

Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

What a story, it is funny but sad.

I'm with you and coffee in the kitchen it was 25 here this morning. When is this going to pass?

Rob said...

You get my vote for Spring!