Camel Falls on Audience at Florida Christmas Show

Kim Skielnik, a member of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, feeds a snack to Lula Bell in her pen outside the church Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. The camel stumbled and fell into the onlookers seated in pews Thursday night during rehearsals for a Christmas pageant at the church. No one was injured during the fall. However, Lula Bell has been taken out of the show. (AP Photo/The Palm Beach Post, Lannis Waters)

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By Kelli Sutterman

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — A camel and its rider are unhurt after toppling onto audience members during a rehearsal for a costumed Christmas pageant at a South Florida church.

The camel named Lula Bell walked down the aisle and was supposed to stop and kneel. Instead, the animal balked and then stumbled sideways. It fell onto several pews and the rider was also tossed into the audience.

No one was injured during the Thursday night rehearsal at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. But the pastor organizing the pageant says the camel won't be in any shows.

The camel was on loan from Animals in Motion, a Florida company that trains and transports animals for movies, shows and parties.

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