Runaway camel causes 'mayhem' during police chase after escaping from Australian circus

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A runaway camel that escaped from an Australian circus caused “mayhem” after the animal led police on a chase through rush hour traffic.

Northern Territory police said the animal escaped from the Circus Royale on Monday afternoon before it was spotted wandering among traffic in Bagot Road, in Darwin.

Rob Burgoyne, Police Duty Superintendent, said the runaway camel caused “a bit of traffic mayhem” as police frantically chased the animal on one of the busiest roads in the city.

The animal was eventually caught in a nearby golf course.

Mr Burgoyne told ABC News: “It caused a bit of traffic mayhem for a few minutes as it ran down a few streets.

“It then ended up on the Royal Australian Air Force base golf course where circus personnel were able to secure it on the ninth green, obviously didn’t quite make it to the 19th [the clubhouse bar].

“At least they managed to catch it before it caused any more problems.”

The camel was returned to the circus, which declined to comment on the animal’s escape.

One woman posted a picture on Instagram of the camel running down a nearby road.

Meng-Hsuan Lee, said she was walking on Bagot Road when she saw the “funny scene” of the camel walking by.

She said: “I just walked and heard one men yell to another ‘don’t run or the camel will run more’.

“When they tried to catch it, the camel started to run and cross the road.”

Northern Teritory Police posted on Facebook: “Northern Watch Commander Acting Senior Sergeant Drew Slape reports that a camel escaped the circus in Darwin today, heading out for a trot up Bagot Road.

“It appears the fine men and women of the NT Police also have hidden talents in camel wrangling after they quickly tracked it down, secured it and handed it back over to circus personnel.

“And it wasn’t even hump day!”


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