Residents bemused as camels graze on Newport street

South Wales Argus: Residents bemused as camels graze on Newport street. Picture from Mrs Sally Wallis of Pill Residents bemused as camels graze on Newport street. Picture from Mrs Sally Wallis of Pill

IT WAS a sight better suited for a movie set in the desert, but onlookers in Newport were in for a real surprise yesterday after two camels were spotted walking down the street.

The pair of two-humped Bactrian camels had been grazing on patches of grass near the Pill Millennium Centre after being taken for a walk by circus workers.

Matt Wulff, of WT Laminates in Courtybella Terrace, Pill, said: "It was bizarre. Myself and a colleague were on customer service so we were trying to stay professional, but it was hard not to notice two camels walking past the window."

Newport council said such animals are licenced under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925. Because camels need to graze, they are allowed on city streets if supervised and restrained.

Circus Mondao's ring mistress, Petra Jackson, said local reaction to the animals had been "fantastic" since they started performing at Mill Parade on Wednesday.

She said: "This has by far been the best venue so far this season. The crowds' reaction and the reaction on our Facebook page have been fantastic.

"Obviously we're travellers so we love meeting people and the housing estates here are full of different and interesting characters, and they all love the animals.

"To be honest, we would have preferred to get a better place for the animals because they're our main concern. So it was nice to let some of them go for a walk and stretch their legs out in the open."

The show, which runs until April 14, also features horses, goats and zebras.

Ms Jackson added: "Not everyone can get to a zoo, so after the performance we let people come in and meet the animals. I can guarantee you that this is the only place you can stroke a zebra!"

Jordan Bray, 17, of Redland Street, Newport, could not believe his eyes when he saw the exotic animals out on the streets. "I was baffled, but it made me laugh," he said.

"They were walking by my old house, and I just couldn't stop laughing to myself. I had no idea that there was a circus on either so that made it even more surreal."

For more details on Circus Mondao's upcoming shows, go to www.circusmondao.co.uk

Factfile

●The term “camel” derives from Hebrew or Phoenician and has the meaning “to bear” or “carry”.

●The two surviving species are the dromedary (one-humped and native to the Middle East) and the bactrian (the two-humped camel associated with Central Asia).

●Their distinctive “humps” are fatty deposits and a single hump can weigh up to 80 pounds.

●As of 2010, there are 14 million camels, but only around a thousand bactrian camels remain in the wild.

●During the winter, some can go 50 days without water, but can drink up to 80 litres in one session.

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8:37am Fri 5 Apr 13

Kelly23 says...

LMFAO that madness
LMFAO that madness Kelly23
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9:55am Fri 5 Apr 13

jen.blufell says...

strays from Torfaen Councillors probably.
strays from Torfaen Councillors probably. jen.blufell
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10:58am Fri 5 Apr 13

I am deadly says...

Free advertising - Welcome done circus :)
Free advertising - Welcome done circus :) I am deadly
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1:58pm Fri 5 Apr 13

welshflinty says...

Best looking creatures I've seen roaming around Pill in ages.
Best looking creatures I've seen roaming around Pill in ages. welshflinty
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6:40pm Fri 5 Apr 13

scraptheWAG says...

looking around newport can you imagine what they are saying to each other other
looking around newport can you imagine what they are saying to each other other scraptheWAG
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6:40pm Fri 5 Apr 13

scraptheWAG says...

looking around newport can you imagine what they are saying to each other other
looking around newport can you imagine what they are saying to each other other scraptheWAG
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8:22pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Stan Edwards says...

.....they are saying, "This place gives me the humps!"
.....they are saying, "This place gives me the humps!" Stan Edwards
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12:48am Sat 6 Apr 13

Gooding says...

Wonderful.
Wonderful. Gooding
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3:22pm Sat 6 Apr 13

coalpicker says...

They must have felt very much at home
in Newport seeing all those unemployed herders sitting around the town,the smells
would also have been familiar .Newport scene's certainly take me back to my
days of military service in the middle east.
They must have felt very much at home in Newport seeing all those unemployed herders sitting around the town,the smells would also have been familiar .Newport scene's certainly take me back to my days of military service in the middle east. coalpicker
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8:27pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Realist UK says...

Smelly, dirty, rough, and unkempt: said one camel when asked about Pill.
Smelly, dirty, rough, and unkempt: said one camel when asked about Pill. Realist UK
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11:33am Sun 7 Apr 13

Strider says...

Perhaps Circus Mondao could do a parade of Human Oddity's, there's plenty around pill..
Perhaps Circus Mondao could do a parade of Human Oddity's, there's plenty around pill.. Strider
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