PITTSBURGH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A startled camel started bucking during a circus when a child apparently threw a shovel at its feet, injuring seven people, mostly children, and causing frightened circusgoers to flee the arena.
Pittsburgh CBS station KDKA is reporting that two children and an adult were riding the camel during an intermission Sunday at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena when it got spooked. According to the station, one child’s arm was broken and five other children and an adult were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.
The incident was caught on video and happened around 3:30 p.m. as people were buying rides on tethered camels, ponies or elephants led by handlers. Ruthie Kester, a Latrobe resident who was at the circus, told KDKA-TV that a child threw a shovel — used to clean up after the animals — at the camel’s feet.
“They were giving camel rides and camels were walking around calmly. And then a kid threw a shovel at the camel’s feet, which startled the camel and it started to buck,” Kester said.
The camel was brought under control within seconds, and the circus continued with no further problems. No animals, including the camel, were injured during the incident and all were checked out and cleared by a veterinarian.
The circus was on its third and final day.
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