A wayward camel that busted out of its enclosure twice on Tuesday, apparently just looking for some company, was doing fine despite being clipped by a minivan on a busy street in the hills between North Concord and Pittsburg.
UC Davis veterinarians examined the camel -- whose name is Phil, not Rudy as reported earlier -- on Wednesday morning and said it did not suffer any broken bones and was otherwise fine, said Raymond Ferrante, a land manager for a company overseeing property where the camel lives.
The camel is being housed for the time being in a 10,000-square-foot outdoor pen enclosed by a 9-foot fence. "The vets want him to take it easy," Ferrante said.
Ferrante had previously said the camel's name was Rudy, but on Wednesday he said the animal's name is really Phil. Phil is a single-humped camel that has been on its own since early last year, he said. Rudy, a double-humped camel that previously roamed the hillside, was sent to Missouri, Ferrante said.
Phil and Rudy are the same camels that have lived on the land for several years and have been known by the names Bob and Bailey, Ferrante said. It's unclear how the camels ended up with so many different names, but Ferrante is in touch with the animals' owner and vouched that Rudy and Phil are their true names.
"Camels are very much animals that like to be around other animals. They're very social," Ferrante said. "They'll bust down a fence to go be with the cattle if the mood hits them."
Ferrante suspects that may have been what drove Phil onto Bailey Road twice on Tuesday. The 10-year-old camel, trailing a leash, was walking south on Bailey Road when it collided with a red Honda minivan at 6:45 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said. The animal got up after the collision and first walked, then ran around the road, according to the CHP. People were out on the road for several hours getting the camel back to safety.
Phil also escaped its enclosure about 3 p.m. Tuesday and was seen grazing on the grass along the shoulder until citizens and the CHP helped shepherd it back to safety.
Phil will not be able to escape its current corral, Ferrante said.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this story. Rick Hurd covers public safety. Contact him at 925-779-7166 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.