Runaway camels give Swedish driver the hump

A driver in southern Sweden had to reassure police he wasn't drunk after his journey home from work in the early hours of the morning was interrupted by a herd of escaped circus camels.

Runaway camels give Swedish driver the hump

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning on a local road in Stockaryd when the man had to slam on the brakes to avoid the five camels blocking his way.

“When the motorist called us, he began by saying he was sober,” Anneli Johnsson Hammo, duty officer with the Jönköping police, told the Smålands-Tidningen newspaper.

The camels were part of a travelling circus, which is due to a give a performance in Stockaryd, and were spending the night in the area.

A statement issued by the police said the motorist had said the camels were going “nice and slow down the road.”

“The driver had to go and alert the circus staff so they could retrieve the camels,” added Anneli Johnsson Hammo.

The fugitive camels were returned to the circus and the driver was soon able to resume his journey home from work.

It’s the second time in the space of five months that camels have gone on the loose in southern Sweden.

Last April, a herd went for a dromedary promenade to a car-park after escaping their temporary enclosure on the outskirts of Hässleholm.

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