Priscilla Presley’s son Navarone Garcia, who is also the half-brother of the late Lisa Marie Presley, was “attacked” by a camel at an animal sanctuary in California just days before his older sister passed away unexpectedly. Garcia was in the presence of his mother at the time of the incident, and he nearly passed away in front of her.

Navarone Garcia, 35, was feeding the camel until he ran out of food, at which point the animal, which had been mistreated in a circus in the past, grew upset and “pounced” on him. All of this occurred as Priscilla starred in terror, according to Garcia.

During an interview with People magazine, he recounted the camel, who, according to his estimation, weighed close to 4,000 kg “bit me by the hand and lifted me up almost off my feet. It then dropped me on the ground and pounced. While it was pouncing on me, it literally got my whole head in its mouth and bit me.”

During the time that the attack was taking place, he said that his mother was losing her mind and that “she was traumatized.”

To make things even worse, sanctuary employees were unable to release Garcia owing to the weight of the camel; in the end, it was a dog that was wandering nearby that came to the rescue and saved the day.

As he explained it, “The dog knew something was wrong and was freaking out and going at its face. That’s what got the camel off.”

Following the attack, Garcia made the decision to go back to Los Angeles, where he lives, to seek treatment at an emergency hospital. There, he got 34 staples to his head. Despite the fact that the events of that day might have easily taken a far more tragic turn, the family was beset by sadness a few days earlier on January 12 when Lisa Marie died at the age of 54.