Video: Camel lunges at handler during ride at South Carolina fair

LADSON, S.C. -- A ride at the Coastal Carolina Fair, in Ladson, South Carolina, has been shut down after officials said a 10-year-old camel lunged at its handler Thursday night while two people were riding it.

A video once circulating on social media showed the camel bumping into and lunging at a handler, who fell on the ground.

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Jackie Brumley, one of the people riding the camel, said the incident was scary.

"No one had a hold of the camel's lead," she told WCIV. "I was most worried about the handler. He looked terrified when the camel was attacking him."

Charles Deam, III, owner of All-American Camel Rides, said this is the first time it has happened in his 20 years of owning the business.

"No one was harmed, the handler was not harmed, and we decided we would remove the camels from the fair," Deam said. "It was a cold night and the camel bumped into the handler and the handler tripped. The customers were safe."

Deam had the camel since it was baby. He said the mammal has been working the fair for eight years.

Brumley's post, which has since been removed, read:

"It attacked the handler, biting him several times, stepping on him. Had him up against the fence. The other workers stood by doing nothing. Imagine if kids were up there."

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The owner of the property said the giraffe might have seen the two as a threat to her young calf.