Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Circus camel bucks riders, causes chaos and injuries

Circus camel bucks riders, causes chaos and injuries

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman R. Andre Bell tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the agency is reviewing Sunday's ordeal.

One girl's arm was broken in the ensuing chaos, with five other children and one adult also requiring hospital treatment for injuries sustained. Investigators are looking at cellphone video to help determine what happened. No other animals on the circus floor were affected during the incident, he said.

A spooked circus camel injured several children and one adult at Shrine Circus in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

Togneri said handlers got the camels "completely under control within 11 seconds". 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.

In another ring, a pair of camels - one clad in a blue blanket - were giving people rides.


"Ladies and gentlemen, please - please remain calm", an announcer implored.

This incident isn't surprising given that some animals, like camels, are easily startled.

PETA-whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment"-notes that many Shriners have already moved away from hosting wild-animal acts, including the Missoula Shrine Circus, the Jerusalem Shriners, and Shrine circuses in Canada".

Video shows that a camel got loose at the Shrine Circus during its stop at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Shrine Circus Chairman Paul Leavy told the Associated Press at the time that the new law meant that the circus would have to become animal-free, leave Pittsburgh or shut down. "We hope the Bullhook Plus Ban will be upheld in the future to keep animals and the public safe".

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