These Oregon deputies knew what they were getting themselves into, but that didn’t make the call any less odd.
On Sunday, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of “a found camel” in the Central Oregon town of Sisters. The friendly Bactrian camel (that’s a camel with two humps instead of one) ambled right up to the deputies’ patrol car, and the two can be heard dissolving into a fit of laughter on their dashcam video.
Of course, the sheriff’s office shared the video on Twitter and Facebook, where it was met with even more amusement. By Monday morning, the post had been shared nearly 1,000 times on Facebook and retweeted over 100 times.
Though the animals are native to Central Asia, the people of Sisters seem to be no strangers to the camel, according to comments on social media.
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“This is true, folks,” wrote one commenter. “A ranch east of Sisters has camels...has for years. They used to have them in the Sisters Christmas Parade.”
Many commenters seemed to recognize the animal escapee as Bubbles, though others claimed the camel’s name is Durango.
Either way, officials said, “he was reunited with his owner a short time later.”
Though some suggested the deputies have seen just about everything at this point, they said they wouldn’t count out future surprises.
“We never say that because we always end up being proven wrong,” the sheriff’s office said.