Runaway Camel Bites Man After Escape From Southern California Pen

Friday became Hump Day for a camel on the loose in a community north of Los Angeles

John Cadiz Klemack

The owner of a camel that bit at least one person after it escaped from its pen north of Los Angeles was not permitted to have the animal on the property and might be cited after Friday morning's attack, according to authorities.

The camel escaped from a property in Acton, an unincorporated community about 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and attacked at least one person in the East Soledad Canyon area. The victim received medical treatment for a bite wound.

After calls from at least two concerned residents, firefighters and deputies responded and captured the runaway camel. It was returned to its pen before animal services officers arrived, placed a leash around its neck and transported the animal in a trailer.

The owner will likely be cited for endangering residents, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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