Traffic was tied up on Bailey Road in Concord for an extended period Tuesday night after an ornery camel escaped from its pen and had to recaptured.
It took a lot of effort, but finally a group of cowboys corralled it into a trailer.
The lost and agitated eight-foot-high camel towered over the cowboys from Eden Valley Ranch who were drafted for the unusual job to bringing the animal back home.
'I'm not a camel expert. I'm a cowboy," said Rick Bradley.
The operation was a first for the cowboys. The camel rescue required a lot of muscle, sweat and creativity.
"We just had to keep him tight, had to keep him secure because if he got out, we didn't know when we would get him caught again," explained Bradley. "So we just used the truck to keep tension on him and one rope at a time. Close as we could get him. Tighten up the next rope."
It took two hours before they were finally able to coax the camel into a trailer.
"I don't understand camel lingo I guess. I've never been around them. I don't have any idea. If this was cows or bulls or anything, it would have been no problem. But they're stubborn," said Bradley.
This was the second time Tuesday that the camel escaped its pen. It got out at about 3:30 p.m., was caaptured and returned, but was out again at about 6:30 p.m.
Bradley said it was a job he'd put on his resume. While there were reports that the camel had been hit by a vehicle, it did not appear to be hurt, just tired.
Bradley said the camel was going into a much taller corral that it can't jump out of.
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