DECATUR — Macon County Animal Control is investigating the reported death of an escaped camel that sheriff's deputies helped to return to its owner Sunday.
Sheriff's Sgt. Matt Reynolds, the animal control administrator, said Monday that he had spoken to a man that identified himself as the camel's owner who informed Reynolds that the camel had died. Reynolds said his department's investigation into the situation is ongoing.
The sheriff's office said passing drivers near Interstate 72 near the exit to Illinois 48 notified deputies about the two-humped camel making its way through harvested corn fields at 7:53 a.m. Sunday.
Lt. Jamie Belcher said deputies were able to trace the owner, who lives on Forest Parkway, and confirmed he was missing one of two camels that he owned. Three deputies and an animal control warden were able to lasso the camel with a rope and return it to its pen.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Atkins said he could not provide further information about the camel Monday evening.