Man at­tacked by camel, cir­cus evicted

57-year-old an­i­mal han­dler flown to trauma cen­ter

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­

A man was flown to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal last week af­ter sus­tain­ing in­juries from a camel at­tack at the Charles County Fair­grounds.

On Fri­day, the Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices re­sponded to a re­port of a man bit­ten by a camel at the Charles County Fair­grounds, on Fair­grounds Road in La Plata, said spokesman Bill Smith.

EMS per­son­nel ar­rived to find that the vic­tim was a 57-year-old male an­i­mal han­dler with the cir­cus which was in town at the time, Smith said.

“He was bit­ten on the leg, and then trampled on the head by the camel,” Smith said.

Smith said the man was mede­vacked to the

Prince Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter for treat­ment of his in­juries.

The Greenville, S.C.based Lewis and Clark Cir­cus was sched­uled to per­form in Charles County July 13-14, ac­cord­ing

to its web­site.

County of­fi­cials, how­ever, said the cir­cus did not have the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits.

“The county be­came aware that a cir­cus was set­ting up their equip­ment at the Charles County Fair­grounds and de­ter­mined the cir­cus had not ap­plied for nor re­ceived a spe­cial event per­mit,” Erin Pom­renke, Charles County Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman, said in an email. “This re­sulted in the is­suance of a ‘stop work or­der.’ The cir­cus then can­celed their per­for­mances.”

At­tempts to reach the cir­cus by phone, email and so­cial me­dia be­fore press time were un­suc­cess­ful.

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