Hump in the road: Camel caught on Aussie green

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A run­away cir­cus camel caused traf­fic chaos and tres­passed onto the ninth green of a mil­i­tary golf course be­fore be­mused Aus­tralian po­lice re­cap­tured it Mon­day. Rush hour driv­ers in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s cap­i­tal Dar­win had to dodge the rogue an­i­mal as po­lice chased it onto the Royal Aus­tralian Air­force Dar­win Golf Club, where it was cor­nered. “It caused a bit of traf­fic may­hem for a few min­utes as it ran down a few streets,” said Po­lice Duty Su­per­in­ten­dent Rob Bur­goyne.

Wit­nesses de­scribed the scene as “bizarre” as at­tempts were made to tame the beast. “I just walked and heard one man yell to an­other ‘don’t run or the camel will run more,’” on­looker Meng-Hsuan Lee told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion. “When they tried to catch it, the camel started to run and cross the road.”

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. “And it wasn’t even hump day!” Camels were first in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia in the 19th cen­tury and their pop­u­la­tion in the wild has ex­ploded, now num­ber­ing up to one mil­lion. —AFP

BRIS­BANE: A hand­out photo taken on Mon­day shows an es­caped cir­cus camel fol­low­ing its re­cap­ture. —AFP

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