Six injured as camel loses it at circus show

A STARTLED camel started bucking during a circus when a child apparently threw a shovel at its feet, injuring six children and an adult and causing frightened circus-goers to flee the arena.

Two children and an adult were riding the camel during an intermission at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena when it became startled.

Authorities say one child suffered a broken arm, while the injuries suffered by the others were considered minor.

The incident, caught on video, happened around 3.30pm as people were buying rides on tethered camels, ponies or elephants led by handlers.

An announcer can be heard saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, remain calm, please. Please remain calm. No unnecessary movement. Slowly leave the arena floor if you feel safer. We are looking for a medic, an EMT."

Six children and an adult were injured when a camel lost it at a Pittsburgh circus show. Picture: ABC
Six children and an adult were injured when a camel lost it at a Pittsburgh circus show. Picture: ABC

Ruthie Kester, a Latrobe resident who was at the circus, told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh that a child threw a shovel used to clean up after the animals at the camel's feet.

"They were giving camel rides and camels were walking around calmly. And then a kid threw a shovel at the camel's feet, which startled the camel and it started to buck," Kester said.

Jenny Lynch, who said she didn't see what caused the camel's reaction, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that a woman and two small girls were riding the animal before it was startled and reacted "like a bucking bronco."

She said the bigger girl fell first.

"The woman was holding onto the littlest one, then she fell right onto her head," Lynch told the news site.

"I was shouting, 'Jesus help them.' It was very scary."

The camel was brought under control within seconds, and the circus resumed without any further problems.

The animal was not injured, officials said.

It was the event's third and final day.

Authorities are seeking to verify that the shovel caused the animal's reaction, and police are reviewing video of the ordeal to determine the cause.



Stole car, smashed into business doors and stole 100 items

premium_icon Stole car, smashed into business doors and stole 100 items

A 21-YEAR-OLD with a 16-page criminal record including 30 breaches of bail...

Smoke, guns and drugs, a week in this regional town

premium_icon Smoke, guns and drugs, a week in this regional town

Police are appealing for information to solve their case

Roebucks win right to develop their land

premium_icon Roebucks win right to develop their land

Colin and Monica Roebuck scored a win for people power on Tuesday in a classic case...