Kansas Police Spend Entire Day Chasing Camel Who Escaped From Live Nativity

Police officers in Bonner Springs, Kansas, spent the entirety of Sunday in pursuit of a runaway camel that locals have dubbed "Forrest Hump."

The dromedary, a species more commonly known as the Arabian camel, had been on the run since Saturday night.

She escaped from the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, where she had been a part of a live nativity scene, after her halter broke.

The towering ungulate was subsequently spotted at various locations around the city by amused locals, and law enforcement and animal control were handed the tricky task of detaining her.

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Posted by Bonner Springs Police Department on Sunday, 5 December 2021

Dromedaries are capable of blistering bursts of speed, which the officers found out the hard way as they failed to get close to it while riding a small fleet of golf carts.

"It began on golf carts at Sunflower Hills Golf Course where officers commandeered a golf cart police movie style," Bonner Springs Police Department recounted in an entertaining Facebook post.

"However, we learned camels can run 40mph and it got away." Dromedaries bred for racing can reach a top speed of 40 miles per hour over short distances, according to Brittanica.

The camel was then spotted taking a stroll along the busy K-7 Highway, where she could be seen galloping alongside vehicles, her head and the tip of her hump looming large over cars and vans.

The police managed to track her down again in a residential area, but they had to improvise in order to detain her.

"As what can only be described as a scene from another cop movie, ACO Anthony bailed out of her vehicle and went in foot pursuit on Nettleton where it was safely 'taken into custody' by lasso!" Bonner Springs Police Department explained.

She subsequently received treatment for "small abrasions" that she had picked up by walking into barbed wire fences, and has since been reunited with her owners.

Pictures released by the police department show the camel looking healthy in the aftermath of the chase.

Dromedary camels can stand at more than seven feet tall and weigh up to 1,600 pounds, according to National Geographic, and their single hump can store up to 80 pounds of fat.

In 2019, a woman in Florida was pinned to the ground by a camel after following her dog into its enclosure.

And earlier this year, a viral video resurfaced, showing a camel chewing off a large clump of a woman's hair as she attempted to take a selfie with it.

Two dromedary camels in the desert
Dromedary camels can weigh up to 1,600lb, and hit top speeds of 40mph in short bursts. Christian Kappesser/iStock