Camel busts loose before California circus performance

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, November 24, 2012 21:16 EDT
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A Mexican circus’ visit to Glendale, California took an unusual turn when one of the show’s camels decided to “work out” on her own Friday.

According to KCAL-TV, Atula, a 4-year-old camel traveling with the Ramos Brothers Circus, got away from a trainer she “wasn’t too thrilled with” while being taken out for her morning exercise and took off down Glendale Boulevard, bringing nearby traffic to a standstill.

“I see like, 10 people run after this camel,” said photographer Diana Madison, who captured footage of Atula’s dash. “All cars stopped, there’s complete chaos on Glendale Avenue. I don’t think that street has seen so much action.”

Atula got as far as a nearby gas station before her handlers caught up to her and returned her to her enclosure unharmed, and the show, as they say, went on.

Watch footage of Atula’s jog in KCAL’s report, originally aired Friday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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