As always, the Greentree Festival in Kirkwood
had fun stuff this year: a parade, arts and crafts, funnel cakes.
But the petting zoo was one llama short. That's because the animal was transported to the festival on Friday, September 14, in the same trailer as a camel, and the camel had sexed it to death while in transit.
Such was the rumor we heard last Friday, and so we immediately phoned Murray Pounds,
Kirkwood's parks and recreation director, to ask: Is it true
"That was the suspicion," he told us, "that there was an 'interaction.'"
Uh...what kind of interaction
"Exactly what happened, I don't know," Pounds replied. "But we have our suspicions. The
young juvenile camel was rather rambunctious. That's how it was
described to me."
Pounds said he did not know the gender of the deceased llama.
felt weird asking that question.)
felt weird asking all of these questions
The outside contractor who put on the petting
zoo, which is listed
on search engines as S & S Farms with an address in High Ridge, did not reply to a voicemail we left on
Friday. But we'll update this post when they do.
As for the camel in question, he apparently did
make an appearance at the petting zoo, because an RFT
staffer recalls petting him without knowledge of the dromedary's earlier antics. Just to be clear: We do not reward this behavior nor will we go anywhere near this camel again.
He sounds like a real one-hump chump.