July 1, 2008

Giraffe Helps Camels, Zebras, Pigs Flee Circus

The Amsterdam police said 15 camels, two zebras and an undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly escaped from a traveling Dutch circus yesterday after a giraffe kicked a hole in their cage.

Police spokesman Arnout Aben said 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 in the day after being rounded up by police and circus workers with the assistance of dogs.

Aben said neighbors fed some of the animals - which he said was a bad idea - but they were tame and nobody was hurt.

Said 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?' "

Originally published by Monitor staff and wire.

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