Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 25, 2012 @ 8:03PM
Created on November 25, 2012 @ 7:07PM
GLENDALE, C.A. (CNN) - A circus camel briefly escapes to the surprise of onlookers in Glendale, California. But what spurred the runaway camel to take off down a busy street?
"Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Ramos Brothers Circus."
For the first time in almost 30 years, the circus comes to Glendale, and boy did it make a splash. Not for what happened under the big top, but just outside it. Watch this video of a camel running down Glendale Boulevard.
"The last thing you want to see is a camel let loose on the street, so it was a little bizarre," said one woman who saw the camel.
That camel is actually four year old Atula, born in Southern California. Atula is part of the Ramos Brothers Circus from Guadalajara, Mexico.
"This is the good girl, the good girl camel," said one of the camel's handlers.
According to her handlers, she was about to be taken inside the ring for some exercise, but wasn't too excited about a new trainer putting on her harness. So, she simply took a walk and then a gallop until trainers caught up with her across the street at the mobile station.
"I see like ten people run after this camel, all cars stop ..it's complete chaos on Glendale Avenue. I don't think that street has seen so much action."
No one was hurt, but traffic did stop until Atula was safely back in her enclosure. In her short four years, her trainers say she has never run away, but apparently she's the type that lets you know when she's not up to doing something.
"We would had a tiger or elephant running I would not liked to see 'em because we have enough mountain lions in Glendale."
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