Spotted: A camel taking in the sights of Tallaght
A CIRCUS has quashed fears that a camel had been let loose in Dublin.
A photo of a camel walking around a green area in Firhouse, Co Dublin went viral online after it was posted on social media websites.
However, the owners of Courtney Brothers Circus have claimed ownership of the exotic animal, and denied that it had escaped or been abandoned.
Spokesperson Jim Conway told Independent.ie that the animal was actually standing in the vicinity of the circus, which is currently situated next to Firhouse Community Centre.
He said that the image that had taken over social media websites did not tell the full story, and that the camel was merely eating some grass in the area while staff erected his stable.
Mr Conway said: “He's here with the circus in town. He was just beside us eating some grass. He was loose, but he hadn't run away.”
“Yesterday morning when we arrived, we let some of the animals out. The camels don't go anywhere; they just stand around the circus. So while we were putting up the stables and stuff, the lads just let him stand there and eat some grass.”
He added: “It took about 20 minutes to put up the stables, and then we took him back in. But of course somebody must have taken a picture. It's good publicity. If it helps, it helps.”
This wasn't the first time it has been claimed a camel was allowed to roam free in the capital.
Last October a camel was spotted taking a stroll, and later lying down, in a field in Charlestown, Finglas.