Storm Scenes: You Don’t See That Everyday
It wasn’t just motorists that were stranded on eastern Pennsylvania roads in Thursday’s snowstorm
More than 15,000 people shared a Facebook video of a camel standing next to a vehicle pulled over on Route 309 in the northbound lane near the Route 113 exit in Souderton, Bucks County.
In a tweet Thursday evening, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said the camel is named Einstein and was on its way to their Main Event at the Kimmel Center on Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, Einstein did not make it to the show after the driver decided it was best to take it home to the Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo, according to a later tweet.
“Sadly Einstein the camel didn’t make it to the Kimmel Center this evening. His ride got stuck in the weather and decided it was best for him to go home. Thank you for everyone’s concern. Einstein is safe and happy to be headed home to Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo.” tweeted @JFedinPhilly.
Amanda Hackert, who said she knows the owner of the vehicle that was transporting the camel, said the driver got stuck on the side of the road and let the camel out of the trailer for the safety of the animal. She said the owner would not want the camel in the trailer while stopped in case it got rear-ended.
“Normally, someone (police, local farmer, etc.) who has access to a trailer will come and load the livestock and transport them to safety,” Hackert wrote through email.
Of course, that couldn’t happen in a timely way during Thursday’s snow storm.
In due time, though, she was able to get the trailer back on the road and the camel in the trailer, Hackert said.
The camel wasn’t the only unusual animal seen in the snow.
Locally, Donna Hines of Wilkes-Barre Twp. woke up Friday morning to see seagulls flying across the street from her home on Nicholson Street.
She said she’s seen seagulls in area parking lots before, but never after so much snowfall. She said she did some research to learn that seagulls like to come to Pennsylvania because of our waterways.
“It felt magical yet beautiful with the newly fallen snow,” she wrote in an email.
— COMPILED FROM STAFF AND MORNING CALL REPORTS