Returning late night revellers in the early hours of yesterday, 5th November, might have been forgiven for disbelieving their tired eyes, for what turned out to be marauding camels on the streets of Madrid.
Eight camels and a llama in fact, was the troop that had escaped from a nearby circus and were spotted at around 5am on Friday wandering the streets near the Via Lusitania in the southern district of Carabranchel, close to where the circus is based.
They were spotted at around 5am on Friday wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel, close to where the circus is currently based.
“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police said on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.
— Policía Nacional (@policia) November 5, 2021
Circus manager Mati Munoz expressed relief the fugitives had been caught.
“Nothing happened, thank God,” he said.
Mr Munoz said the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.
Bactrian camels come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions – Carabanchel included, it seems.