Cir­cus camel cap­tured af­ter three-hour po­lice chase causes ‘may­hem’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY — A camel has been cap­tured on a golf course af­ter it es­caped from a cir­cus and led po­lice on a three-hour chase through the tourist city of Dar­win in Aus­tralia’s North­ern Ter­ri­tory on Mon­day.

Rush-hour driv­ers had to dodge the rogue an­i­mal as of­fi­cers pur­sued it in a scene wit­nesses de­scribed as “bizarre”.

“It caused a bit of traf­fic may­hem for a few min­utes as it ran down a few streets,” said Po­lice Duty Su­per­in­ten­dent Rob Bur­goyne.

“It then ended up on the Royal Aus­tralian Air­force base golf course, where cir­cus per­son­nel were able to se­cure it on the ninth green.”

“At least they man­aged to catch it be­fore it caused any more prob­lems.”

Po­lice ad­mit­ted in a Face­book post the in­ci­dent had pre­sented an un­usual chal­lenge.

“It ap­pears the fine men and women of the NT Po­lice also have hidden tal­ents in camel wran­gling af­ter they quickly tracked it down, se­cured it and handed it back over to cir­cus per­son­nel,” it said.

Lee Meng-hsuan said she was walk­ing on the street when the es­caped camel passed her.

“I just walked and heard one man yell to an­other ‘don’t run or the camel will run more,’ ” she told the Aus­tra- lian Broad­cast­ing Corp.

“When they tried to catch it, the camel started to run and cross the road.”

Try­ing to catch a camel in this way is the worst pos­si­ble ap­proach, ac­cord­ing to camel ex­pert Paddy McHugh, who rec­om­mended a much sim­pler way to tame the beasts.

“You’re bet­ter off just leav­ing it to set­tle and tak­ing some feed up to it. Gen­er­ally you can al­ways catch them with food. They are suck­ers for food,” he said.

The city of Dar­win is no stranger to hav­ing es­caped an­i­mals loose on its streets, with croc­o­diles, cat­tle and pigs all hav­ing sim­i­lar en­coun­ters with the law over the years.

It caused a bit of traf­fic may­hem for a few min­utes as it ran down a few streets.” Rob Bur­goyne, Dar­win Po­lice Duty Su­per­in­ten­dent

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