A camel escaped a Christmas Nativity scene in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and spent the following morning walking around town and evading capture, according to local police.
The camel's halter broke off in front of the Agriculture Hall of Fame’s Nativity scene Saturday night, and the camel sneaked away before anyone noticed. The Bonner Springs Police Department said officers and animal control began the search Sunday morning when someone reported a camel on a golf course.
“Usually the most unusual is cattle and horses — a camel is a little bit on the different side,” Sgt. Heather Pate told the Kansas City Star.
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Several times throughout the day, the camel had evaded the police department and animal control. “We learned that camels can run 40 mph,” Pate said.
The police department published a lighthearted post on Facebook, including pictures, about how the camel walked through intersections, down highways, and into neighborhoods before the animal was finally "taken into custody" at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday with a lasso.
Throughout the day, members of the public who caught a glance of the camel posted videos of the animal strolling through town, including a video of the camel running around and a video of the camel walking through a park.
According to the Bonner Springs Police Department, the camel was returned to its owners and "will go back to doing camel things."
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Multiple animals have roamed towns or escaped from their owners in the United States this year, including a bear and her cubs wandering a Wyoming town. A donkey also escaped earlier this year and was captured in a goat pen.