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  • Dan Brook
    Jun 30, 2008
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      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?'"