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Real Christmas Camel Falls on Wise Man

Real Christmas Camel Falls on Wise Man

A real live camel was used in a nativity scene at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach,  Florida. The poor animal was meant to follow instructions from a handler who was a cast member in the play, but clearly seems spooked by the very loud Christmas music, large audience and spotlight. The camel falls, pushing the third wise man into the audience, and then onto some pews and gets stuck. (You can see the video here.) Whose bright idea was it to use a live camel — an animal weighing up to 1,000 pounds? Having such a large animal roll onto a person could definitely result in broken bones or even suffocation. Fortunately no one was hurt, and the camel was also unscathed, but the situation could have proven disastrous for both species.

The camel used was an Arabian, not a two-humped Bactrian, which are endangered. Also called dromedaries, these animals have been domesticated for many centuries. Even so, they are known for being obstinate, and at times ill-tempered. When they are angry they can kick and spit. Being kicked by such a large hooved animal surely could have severe consequences. Over ten million dromedaries live in West India, Pakistan, and the Middle East, but they generally spend their time outdoors, not as actors in plays inside churches.

This particular camel’s name is Lula Bell and is owned by a company that trains animals for parts in movies. One explanation for the camel’s fall was that it had a bad knee and couldn’t kneel like camels normally do, and lost its balance before landing on the pews. Placing an animal in such a situation, even though it supposedly has been trained, seems unnecessary and potentially animal abuse. The owner has been charged previously with animal abuse for using mules on a high dive, but was not convicted.

Wouldn’t it be more spiritual to use the money spent on renting a camel to feed local homeless people?

Image Credit:  Jjron

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5:40AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thanks.

7:41PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Holy Camel . . . .

8:47PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

There are idiots on every level, some levels far more than others!

6:30PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Camels really don't belong in that setting.....

10:14PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

Seriously, that is endangering of and cruelty to a noble animal. If that camel had panicked, it could have trashed about half of that audience.

9:55PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

When I was in high school, immediately after the stone age, a joke went around about the conflict as it was in those days. I can't remember the name of the national leader, but the joke involved use of camels and different rulers of the desert referring to them. The punch line was about one of them saying "Sit on your ass and light up a camel, this is the promised land!" I know donkeys are part of scenes similar to the one the camel appeared in. Was there possibly a person sitting on the donkey lighting up the camel?

5:37PM PST on Dec 17, 2010

seriously? how much more stupid can people get?

1:51PM PST on Dec 17, 2010

No one can tell how any animal or person will react to loud music and a crowd. Not the camel's fault.

10:35PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

how crazy is it to use such a huge, live animal surrounded by loud noises, and lots of people.....poor animal....so many people still think that animals are here for their own amusement....

1:48PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

yeh money wud of bin well spent on the homelss i gues. hope they treat that camel well. the owners. merri chrimbo all.

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