Short-lived freedom for sacrificial camel


TAIPING: A camel, one of four meant for korban (sacrifice) for Hari Raya Aidiladha, caused a stir in Kampung Benggali here yesterday when it freed itself from its leash and galloped about. 

It then dashed away from a field in the village at 1.45pm, where it was tied to a tree, with villagers on motorcycles in pursuit. 

The villagers, led by Kampung Benggali village chief Nurul Islam Nojid Udin, were relieved when the camel ran into a fenced-up vacant compound near the Jalan Kota-Jalan Taming Sari traffic lights junction, and got itself trapped there.  

Kampung Benggali residents tying the camel to the lorry after cornering it at the fenced-up compound in Taiping Saturday.

“We don’t know what would have happened if it had strayed into town centre,” Nurul Islam, 52, said. 

He said the four camels were to be slaughtered on Feb 15 in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration where the meat of the animals would be distributed free to villagers. 

The camels, he added, arrived in Kampung Benggali on Friday morning and had been tied to some trees at the field to graze. 

“Earlier, before the animal escaped, several boys had been seen throwing stones at it. That had probably caused it to bolt,” said Nurul Islam. 

It took the villagers about 30 minutes to strap some ropes around the agitated camel before it was securely tied to the rear of a lorry driven by villager Basir Mehrajadin who arrived with his sons, Mohd Anas, 10, and Mohd Amir, seven.  

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