The newspaper says one child's arm was broken, which appeared to be the most serious injury. The incident happened around p. The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety told CBS Pittsburgh the children and the adult were riding the tethered camel, which was led by qualified handlers, when the animal "got spooked" and started bucking. Public safety and circus officials didn't immediately know what startled the camel, but one witness told the station a child threw a shovel, used to clean up after the animals, at the camel's feet. And then a kid threw a shovel at the camel's feet, which startled the camel and it started to buck," Ruthie Kester said.
6 children, 1 adult injured after camel gets loose at circus
7 injured after camel gets spooked at circus - CNN Video
A camel at a Pittsburgh circus injured six children and an adult after it became spooked during show and ran amok around the arena. The camel, part of Shrine Circus performance at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, began bucking on Sunday with a child attached to its back, tossing the girl from side to side. In a video of the incident, recorded by attendee Ronald Smith and viewed more than 82, times on Facebook, the camel can be seen running through the ground floor of the arena while circus employees frantically chase after it. Smith went to the circus with his girlfriend and her two toddlers. He said he thought about bringing the 2-year-old boy down to meet the animals, but decided against it.
Camel stampedes through circus, injuring 6 children
A camel ended up getting loose and running wild at a circus in Pittsburgh on Sunday, dragging one rider on a harrowing experience and injuring six children. The six children suffered minor injuries, though one broke their arm, officials said. An adult also suffered a minor injury in the incident.
When Pittsburgh voted last year to ban bullhooks, electric prods and other weapons used to train and control animals used by circuses, Syria Shrine legally challenged the ban, so that the circus, which it stages each year, could continue to include elephants, camels and other wild animals. Above, a camel at the Black Beauty Ranch. Photo by the HSUS.