It was a dromedary like the "Programming Perl" animal but with a shaggier coat.
It belonged to a circus that has been setting up for the last few days.
Two years ago a circus set up behind our house. An elephant came to graze at our back wall. I showed my two year old son. It was impossible for him to tell that this was unusual. But I was struck by it.
Title, with apologies, by W. B.