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Camel runs amok in small California community

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A 72-year old southern California man was seriously injured while trying to capture a camel in the high desert community of Action as the animal began chasing cars in the area during the early morning commute.

"My dad tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him," Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV.

She then went on to describe how the animal began to chase other neighbors as well until she was finally able to calm it down and put a halter on it before being able to put the animal in her own round pen.

Dossenbach went on to say that this is not the first time the camel has broken out of what appears to be a small zoo. In fact, she noted that it, as well as an ostrich and buffalo have managed to get loose as many as five times this year.

Although no one seems to live on the property, a caretaker comes by each day to look after the animals. In the meantime, animal control officers have taken the camel into custody and stated that the owner could be cited for keeping the critters without a license, as well as for posing a threat to the community.

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