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USDA Wants to Know Why Camel Bucked at Pennsylvania Circus, Hurting 7

The incident happened Sunday afternoon as people were buying rides on tethered camels, ponies or elephants led by handlers at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena

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    Chaotic Camel Injures 7 at Pa. Circus

    A scared camel injured seven people at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circus on Sunday. Those injured are expected to be OK and the camel was brought under control in a few minutes.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 17, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The USDA is looking into an accident involving a startled camel that began bucking while a woman and two small children were riding it.

    • The incident that left 7 people hurt took place Sunday at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena.

    • The USDA enforces the Animal Welfare Act.

    A federal agency is looking into an accident involving a startled camel that began bucking while a woman and two small children were riding it at a circus in Pittsburgh.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman R. Andre Bell tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the agency is reviewing Sunday's ordeal. The USDA enforces the Animal Welfare Act.

    Exactly what set off the camel is unclear, although one witness says she saw a child throw a shovel at its feet. Investigators are looking at cellphone video to help determine what happened.

    Shrine Circus Chairman Paul Leavy says the animal is about 3 years old and healthy.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Six children and one adult were hurt as the camel bucked and erratically ran about the arena. Police say handlers brought it under control after 11 seconds.