Spooked camel bucks while being ridden at circus, injuring 7

Video shows that a camel got loose at the Shrine Circus during its stop at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday afternoon

Video shows that a camel got loose at the Shrine Circus during its stop at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday afternoon

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman R. Andre Bell tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the agency is reviewing Sunday's ordeal. Authorities say one child suffered a broken arm, while the injuries suffered by the others were considered minor. Investigators are looking at cellphone video to help determine what happened.

Smith said watching the camel buck had put him off ever going back to a circus - with animal rights group Peta also condemning the performance.

Seven people, a lot of them children, are recovering after a camel started bucking during a Pittsburgh circus.

For a few seconds the arena became a circus indeed, with audience members shrieking as workers rushed to contain the renegade camel. Ruthie Kester, a Latrobe resident who modified into at the circus, informed KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh that a baby threw a shovel - worn to magnificent up after the animals - at the camel's toes. The two other riders were children.

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One eyewitness told TribLive: 'They were giving camel rides and camels were walking around calmly.

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This incident isn't surprising given that some animals, like camels, are easily startled. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those hurt in the Syria Shriners Circus today at PPG Paints Arena".

Rachel Mathews, PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, said in a separate statement that, "This risky incident is exactly what Pittsburgh's ban on using weapons to threaten wild and exotic animals should be preventing. PETA is calling on the Syria Shriners to let this be the straw that ends the camel acts and urging the public never to buy a ticket to any circus that uses animals".

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