The one-humped wonder escaped from Ramos Bros. Circus the morning of Nov. 23 in Glendale, Calif. during routine exercises.
It took 10 handlers–and a carrot–to return the camel to its tent after they caught up with the animal about a block away at a local gas station.
“Literally there was 10 people running after this camel, it was craziness on the street, I heard kids yelling and screaming,” witness Diana Madison told TV station KABC.
Douglas Ramos, co-owner of the circus, told ABC News that someone dropped a wrench, spooking the camel.
“You know, we do this every day. This time I guess she just wanted to go shopping or something, I don’t know. Black Friday deals,” Ramos said.
After its jaunt to the Mobil station down Glendale Boulevard, Atula the camel performed that night as usual, the LA Times said.