Giraffe helps camels, zebras escape from circus
Monday, June 30, 2008
Amsterdam police say 15 camels, two zebras and an
undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly
escaped from a traveling Dutch circus after a giraffe
kicked a hole in their cage.
Police spokesman Arnout Aben says the animals wandered in a
group through a nearby neighborhood for several hours after
their 5:30 a.m. breakout.
The animals were back at the circus later Monday after
being rounded up by police and circus workers with the
assistance of dogs. Aben says neighbors fed some of the
animals which he said was a bad idea but they were tame
and nobody was hurt.
Says Aben: "You have to imagine somebody rubbing his eyes
first thing in the morning and saying, 'Am I seeing things
or is that 15 camels walking past?'"