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Elderly man attacked by runaway camel in Los Angeles

By Mason White 5:01 AM February 17, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man was rushed to a hospital after being attacked by a runaway camel, rescue workers in California said.

Steve Brefka, 72, of Los Angeles, was attacked by the camel after it began running around. The camel knocked him to the floor, stomped on him with its feet and bit him in the head.

Brefka managed to crawl under a car to protect himself until rescue workers arrived at the scene.

Brefka said that at one point during the attack, his head was inside the camel’s mouth.

The camel was captured and taken to the Lancaster Animal Care Center, which is located in the 5200 block of West Avenue I.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene, gave Brefka primary medical care and transported him to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. Brefka received stitches and staples, and he Is expected to recover.

Police said that the owner of the camel did not have a permit. Charges are pending.