Tuesday, July 1, 2008


(this photo is copyrighted by Bert Bohlmeijer and AT5. Guys: I think I know someone who'd like to buy it, if you get in touch quickly...)

From the AP:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Amsterdam police say 15 camels, two zebras and an undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly escaped from a traveling Dutch circus after a giraffe kicked a hole in their cage.

Police spokesman Arnout Aben says the animals wandered in a group through a nearby neighborhood for several hours after their 5:30 a.m. breakout.

The animals were back at the circus later Monday after being rounded up by police and circus workers with the assistance of dogs. Aben says neighbors fed some of the animals — which he said was a bad idea — but they were tame and nobody was hurt.

Says Aben: "You have to imagine somebody rubbing his eyes first thing in the morning and saying, 'Am I seeing things or is that 15 camels walking past?'"

Speaking of Swine, the big cull in the Hoge Veluwe is supposed to start tomorrow. I wonder if the Party for the Animals (political party) is going to go ballistic...


Anonymous said...

I used to live in Indonesia when i was younger, and when i would look out my window there were usually a few monkeys i could see. No giraffe though, that kind of saddens me :(

Derek said...

I bet they were planning this escape for months. As is usually the case, they're right back to the cell block.

I have a friend who used to be a clown on the Ringling Bros. Circus. Based on what he told me about the plight of circus animals... well, put it this way: you'd try to escape too.

Toby Sterling said...

@Cracken _ Yeah, for some reason I kept spelling it differently, so sorry for that. Cracken is CQ, I get it now.
Monkeys: as you may have seen from an earlier post or two, I am an outspoken advocate of monkeys.

Laura K. said...

I always feel bad for animals in the circus :(