Camel Escapes Owners, Captured by Police on Golf Carts

by Samantha Whidden

Yep, you read the title of this article correctly. Over the weekend, a camel reportedly escaped from its owners and was captured by Kansas town’s police and animal control specialists on golf carts.

According to Fox 4, the camel broke loose after its halter broke while it was on display at the Agriculture Hall of Fame’s cavity scene on Saturday (December 4th). The camel then ran off before anyone noticed what happened. Animal Control officials teamed up with the Bonner Springs Police Department to help capture the camel. They lost sight of the animal around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.  Dispatchers notified the police department on Sunday afternoon that the camel was in a backyard. It was then captured and returned to its owners.

In a post on Facebook, the Bonner Springs, Kansas police department revealed details about the interesting pursuit. If you’ve heard the unbelievable tales, let us tell you that they are true!” The post declared. “Officers and Animal Control spent the entire day chasing down a loose camel.”

The law enforcement officials then stated that officers took to the golf courses to pursuit the camel on golf cards. “Later, [the camel] took a leisurely jaunt down K-7 Highway and into some neighborhoods.”

The Bonner Springs Police Department went not o reveal that officers and Animal Control were able to finally catch up with the camel in the 600 block of North Nettleton Avenue. “It was safely ‘taken into custody by lasso. The camel was reunited with its owners and will go back to doing camel things.”

Bonner Springs Police Department Recalls Camel Chasing Experience 

During a recent interview with, Sargent Heather Pate, a public information officer for the Bonner Springs Police Department shared more details about the department’s camel chasing experience. “Usually the most unusual is cattle and horses,” Pate explained. “A camel is a little bit on the different side.” 

Mathew Poe, a resident in Bonner Springs, also spoke about his video footage of the camel. “It ran into the woods from there after officers tried to catch it on golf carts. Then it went south along K-7 [highway].”

Meanwhile, Pate stated that the department officials learned a valuable lesson about this experience: camels can run up to 40 miles per hour. “It pretty much traversed from one side of the city to the other and it jaunted about the city.”

It is definitely true about the fact that camels can run up to 40 miles per hour. According to SPANA, the animals are also very strong and can carry up to 900 pounds for 25 miles a day as well. They are also able to drink up to 40 gallons in one go. “People have kept camels for more than 4,000 years and still depend on them for survival all over the world.”