Bailey Road in Concord & Bay Point Shut Down After Vehicle Collision with a Camel

February 5, 2013 18:59 pm · 100 comments


One of the two camels who live in the hills neighboring Bailey Road in Concord has been hit by a vehicle.

The camel escaped earlier today, and was placed back behind the fence at about 3:30 this afternoon. She apparently escaped again at 6:45 on Tuesday night, and was hit by a vehicle, according to the CHP.

She got up and ran, but she is now laying in the roadway.

Traffic is backed up in both directions on Bailey Road. Please use an alternate route until further notice.

UPDATE, 7:07pm: Bailey Road has been shut down in both directions. The camel is back up, running in the roadway. Authorities are trying to catch her.

UPDATE, 9:00pm: The road is now back open. The camel didn’t die.

The Brat February 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

How in the hell do you hit something that big? Hope this person gets caught.

Dorothy February 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

That is sad.

Diablo February 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

How very sad, I hope the camel makes it. As most people have already figured out I tend to like animals a lot more than people.

Jan February 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

This is so sad I hope Bailey or Bob will be ok! Mayor, please keep us informed.

Steve O February 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I guess not locked up very well

Valerie Epstein February 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

No!!! I’m praying for complete recovery. So sad.

Bubbles February 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

It got hit because people think that’s the autobahn!!

J. February 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM


Enfield303 February 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Explain that to the insurance company. WTF. Who secured it the first time? Where’s the owner? So sad.

City Girl February 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Oh no!!! That’s terribly sad. I hope the driver and the camel are okay.

I don’t understand that some may blame the driver for this accident. I think it’s the camel who is violating the law, as well as, his owner. I do have to say that I’ve never heard of someone hitting a camel!!!

Parsnip February 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

@The Brat — Do you know what time the sun sets?

Very sad news about the camel.

Kristen February 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I’m just glad it wasn’t Sassy!

BP February 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Seeno needs to corral them until the fence is secure. The camel is just being a camel. And some of you are correct, people do drive too fast on Bailey. I am always aware that wildlife is abundant there, so I try to be extra careful. Hope and pray she will be ok, and glad no one else was hurt.

Craig C. February 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I’m not a Camologist, but the size of those things, along with the power they have, I would think would be no match to the Barbed Wire and Link Fence along Bailey in the first place. It is sure enjoyable to see the one that grazes near the Bailey, and it’s nice of the owner to share with the public, but now it would seem a threat to cars and people if they escape again. I’m glad the Driver of the car was not killed or hurt. That’s not a Deer hitting your car. More equal to a Moose. All around, just unfortunate. Sounds like CPD closed Bailey at Myrtle.

momo February 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

When it is dark outside especially on Bailey rd where there are no street lights you can’t see if there is something in the roadway until you are right on top of it. Specially when you are on a turn. So why blame the driver! Hope the camel gets the medical care it needs.

anon February 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I just head that animal control is on scene, do they have training in catching a camel?

Iola February 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Aww poor girl!! How sad, whoever locked her up did a poor job, should’ve secured things better. The camel fortunately made it out unscathed this afternoon and now because of owner ( or caretaker?) is out again and is hit. I hope shes not hurt bad or the driver. I agree with bubbles too though, people drive way too fast on that road.

Anon February 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Wish I could be there to a see then chasing a camel. Remember when the cow got loose a few years back.

I hope Bailey is okay, we love seeing him

jj February 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

who is responsible for the camel?? who owns the property?? who will get sued?? anyone know WHO??

jj February 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

This is why we don’t bring camels to cities people!! I LOVE seeing the camels and the zebras, etc., but they are animals that DO NOT belong in the middle of cities. Idiots!!

old timer February 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Very sad and to the brat it was an accident would you expect a camel in the road?

Cowellian February 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Oh No!

anonanonagain February 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Hope that she is alright….. Would hate to see that beautiful animal killed.

Exotic Meat Lover February 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Let me know if this doesn’t turn out for the better. I’ve got the grill all fired up.

-The Exotic Meat Lover

July February 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

A helicopter is circling overhead. Is it because of the collision?

BP February 5, 2013 at 7:47 PM

They are trying to load her up now, but she is not call cooperating.

AWWW Poor Thing February 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

@The Brat… My exact thought when I read this. How in the gods name do you hit a camel, unless it jumped out infront of the car in the dark and Bailey road is pitch dark with no lights. Where is the owner of these camels and why are they escaping? I hope the camel running is a sign that she is okay. Does anyone know if she is????? Someone better get out there with a tranqulizer gun and get this beautiful animal contained before it heads down towards Concord Blvd and causes more accidents.

Starfish February 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

So sad. Well…that’s what happens when you don’t lock a camel up.

Field Trip February 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Camel wrangling 101 on the job training.
May need signs

anon February 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

2 the brat it doesnt say it was a hit and run

Animal lover February 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

The camel belongs to the f**king Seenos who have a mansion sitting on the top of the hill and collect animals for their entertainment. This poor camel was neglected and should not have gotten out in the roadway.
I feel sorry for the camel and the motorists who may have been hurt. The Seenos think they are above the law, so the only punishment with be the suffering of the poor camel. How sad.

AWWW Poor Thing February 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

@Animal Lover, I hope CPD, Animal Control, US Parks and Rec, or Fish and Game fine the hell out of Seeno’s. I feel so bad for that scared animal running for her life.

KenInConcord February 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I’m heading that way now. but someone said they have shut down the road at Myrle Drive. But that is not a problem, Because I’d walk a mile for a Camel.

Hoboken February 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Animal Lover great use of the English language. I would like to know how you know the camel is neglected? What proof do you have the Seenos are above the law? You are like so many who make claims they have no proof for. If you have proof the camel is neglected call the animal rights activists. I don’t know how the Seenos made their money? I guess building homes for people in the area. If you believe it was made illegally then again provide the proof. If you are working off conjecture or rumor – keep it to yourself.

carrie February 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I was driving on Bailey around 6:25 PM this evening, it is extremely dark over that road at night. The only action on the road at that time were two caltrans trucks parked midway through the pass. I hope the camel is ok, I do enjoy seeing them when passing over Bailey and in the hills behind my neighborhood.

@old timer February 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Of course it was an accident do you think it was done on purpose? It’s still the drivers fault for not for their actions it would not have happened.

Shasta Daisy February 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

OH NO!!!!!!!!!!

bailey rd lover February 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

@ steve o F*** YOU!!! Bailey and bob have been up there for years and have not escaped!!! Go suck one buddy. As for Bailey, I hope you make it dude!!!!!!!!! I think we all enjoy seeing you! I seen you today at about 225 pm on top of the hill!! Get well soon and keep us informed. If my babe reads this, ITS ROBERT from THE P lol

Bob H. February 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

@ #18 & # 30- You 2 obviously have issues not involving the Camel. My heart broke that the camel had been hurt. U2 jump on the Seeno’s. I love animals,I do not hate anybody. To each his own.

It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? February 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Smoke ’em if you got ’em my poor – big bad amigo’s…

(Unusually usually – [collision wise] – the Camel win’s….)



Pam February 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

@ Exotic Meat Lover. You are an ass. I’m sure you posted that comment for the negative attention you must crave.

J. February 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

That’s why I carry Uninsured Camel Insurance.

itsme February 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

@19 and 30……Couldn’t have said it better myself. Aren’t there laws about what kinds of animals are allowed in the city Damn, you can’t even have chickens…

LabLover February 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Praying for Bailey- the truth here is people do drive way to fast on Bailey Road- the area is open space and there are tons of animals yes Bailey is a Camel but many animals get out cows, deer, foxes etc we need to be careful out there and drive the limit people are so rude on Bailey always in a hurry tailgating and trying to pass plain stupid! little by little open space is disappearing so more animals will populate the space there they have no where else to go! Try and appreciate being able to see these beautiful animals and try to drive safe. To “I need lots of attention ” it’s is extremely in poor taste to make sick jokes at this time about loving exotic meat and your ready to start your BBQ- perhaps someday you will be someone’s exotic meal!

Dr. Jellyfinger February 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Aw crap I knew it! My insurance policy specifically does NOT cover any collisions with dromedaries on a Tuesday!

anon February 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I heard the Seeno family have these exotic animals because it gives them a break on their taxes for the land – something about endangered or wild animals. I don’t know – just heard that and it makes sense.

Ancient Mariner February 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I knew a guy who’d worked in Saudi Arabia.
He said the worst animal to hit was a camel, because they’re heavy and all the weight is up in the air, balanced on those skinny legs. When you hit the camel it comes down right on top of your car and crushes it.
I hope this camel’s OK.

Dee February 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Hope that Bailey is ok 🙁 Have always enjoyed seeing them both off and on traveling that way to Concord. For all with the negative comments it’s not like they are new up there. I used to see then when driving to work back in 2009. This is the first time I have heard anything like this with them, I did have to keep my eye on a free running cow one summer night on my way home about 6.

Grandma5 February 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

poor camel no one has said if the driver is ok or did the driver get crushed

J. February 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Two old ladies were waiting for a bus and one of them was smoking a cigarette. It started to rain, so the old lady reached into her purse, took out a condom, cut off the tip and slipped it over her cigarette and continued to smoke. Her friend saw this and said, “Hey that’s a good idea! What is it that you put over your cigarette?” The other old lady said, “It’s a condom.” “A condom? Where do you get those?” The lady with the cigarette told her friend that you could purchase condoms at the pharmacy.

When the two old ladies arrived downtown, the old lady with all the questions went into the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist if he sold condoms. The pharmacist said yes, but looked a little surprised that this old woman was interested in condoms, so he asked her, “What size do you want?”

The old lady thought for a minute and said, “One that will fit a Camel.”

Dorothy February 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Glad to hear the camel didn’t die.

cori February 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

@ City Girl
“I think it’s the camel who is violating the law”
Yes lets lock up the Camel. Good thinking. You probably hit the poor thing.

The Horseman February 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

FYI When a driver hits an animal that is owned by an individual, that individual is the one who is libel. Period. Don’t know who owne’s Baily, don’t care. Love seeing them when I cross over Baily Rd.

Apollo Idol Prudence February 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

not a good night for animals. got my dog at the vet and things aren’t looking too good there too

J February 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Looks like Bailey’s real name is Rudy according to the news.

MommaToTwo February 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Dont get me wrong, I am so sad that the camel got hit and hope it makes a 100 % complete recovery. That being said, ITS A CAMEL and no one expected it to be in the effing roadway !!! Its like saying ” oh, I hit an elephant “… no one would expect it. I hope they fix that big whole in the fence. Yes the Seenos have a Zebra. And, keep the camel jokes coming.

I'd walk a mile February 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

…for a Camel.

Thank goodness the Camel is ok. That’s a rare animal around here.

Um, no The Horseman. Yes, there is great responsibility for owning an animal..but this is not a “wild and dangerous” creature that needs to be penned up, like a lion or such. This is a camel. Same rule applies for a cow, an Alpaca, a Llama, or bull.

The DRIVER always has the responsibility to travel as a safe speed for conditions, be it in rain, fog, the sun in your eyes, or at dusk. Even if you spin out on “black ice” which you cannot see, you can be cited for traveling at an unsafe speed. It’s a “catch all”.

Glad the camel is ok.

concord99 February 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

1. This is why you do not own a camel. Heck, let’s let people own tigers too who live outside.

2. Why didn’t the owner have proper fencing to secure the camels?

3. The camel escaped twice. Obviously, it was running from an abusive situation; otherwise it would have stayed put the second time.

AnotherAnon February 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Several mentions of the camel being a “she”; would that be Bailey or Bob?

Dr. Jellyfinger February 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

OK J…….. A nun and a priest were crossing the Sahara desert on a camel. On the third day out the camel suddenly dropped dead without warning. After dusting themselves off, the nun and the priest surveyed their situation. After a long period of silence, the priest spoke. “Well sister, this looks pretty grim.” “I know, father.” “In fact, I don’t think it likely that we can survive more than a day or two.” “I agree.” “Sister, since we are unlikely to make it out of here alive, would you do something for me?” “Anything father.” “I have never seen a woman’s breasts and I was wondering if I might see yours.” “Well, under the circumstances I don’t see that it would do any harm.” The nun opened her habit and the priest enjoyed the sight of her shapely breasts, commenting frequently on their beauty. “Sister would you mind if I touched them?” She consented and he fondled them for several minutes. “Father, could I ask something of you?” “Yes sister?” “I have never seen a man’s privates. Could I see yours?” “I supposed that would be OK,” the priest replied lifting his robe. “Oh father, may I touch it?” This time the priest consented and after a few minutes of fondling he was sporting a huge erection. “Sister, you know that if I insert that in the right place, it can give life.” “Is that true father?” “Yes it is, sister.” “Then why don’t you stick it up that camel’s snooch and lets get the hell out of here.”

Old Camel February 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM

There was a tour bus in Egypt that stopped in the middle of a
town square. The tourists were all shopping at the little stands
surrounding the square. One tourist looked at his watch, but it
was broken, so he leaned over to a local who was squatted next to
a camel. “What time is it, sir?”

The local reached out, softly cupped the camel’s genitals in
his hand, and raised them up. “It’s about 3:00.” he said.

The tourist couldn’t believe his eyes. He ran back to the bus,
and sure enough, it was 3:00.

He told a few of the fellow tourist, “That man can tell time by
the weight of the camel’s balls!”

One of the doubting tourists walked back to the local, asked him
the time, and the same thing happened! It was 3:03 p.m.. He ran
back to tell the story.

Finally, the bus driver wanted to know how the local did it. He
walked over and asked the local how did he know the time from the
camel’s testicles.

The local said “Sit down here and grab the camel’s testicles.
Now, lift them up in the air. Now look underneath them to
the other side of the courtyard where that clock is hanging on
the wall.”

Mir24 February 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

I saw video of the camel capture on KTVU news (with Claycord’s pictures) and it looked fine, so hopefully no internal damage from getting hit earlier. Here’s the video link:

rw February 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I almost hit a cow one time that had gotten thru the fence at the top of Bailey Road, The condition of the fences along the road are horrible and certainly are not adequate to contain something as big as a camel. The fact that the camel had escaped twice shows that either the fences need to upgraded or the camels need to be moved elsewhere so that they won’t pose a hazard.

The Phantom February 6, 2013 at 3:27 AM

#57 – Prove to me that this camel was domesticated. Prove to me that the camel didn’t escape that very day, prove to me the driver was not driving at a safe speed [for the conditions], prove to me the owners had no notice, & prove to me that 100% fault is attributable to the driver, then we can chat.

Fritzhugh Ludlow February 6, 2013 at 3:33 AM

For the remaining Camel’s safety it should be sent to the Camel Barns in Benicia.

anon February 6, 2013 at 3:55 AM

I bet none of the cars that have crashed along bailey over the years has ever paid the military to fix the fence they destroyed correctly. Their insurance companies probably refuse to.

Bubbles February 6, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Other then it “didn’t die” do we know its condition Mr. Mayor? February 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM

@Bubbles, it was shaken up, but no major injuries.

dk February 6, 2013 at 6:45 AM

To EVERYBODY crying about animals in the city. This area is zoned as agriculture in unincorporated contra costa county. This area is NOT in any city at all. So chill out.

Cowellian February 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Sorry, Apollo. I hope it works out OK for your dog.

Parsnip February 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

@LabLover #44 — “in poor taste to make sick jokes at this time”

Looks like a few of them have crawled out of the woodwork.

rich February 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Does anyone wonder if the Insurance company will question? ” Hit a Camel?”

Palermo February 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Yes everybody thinks it is so cute to see the camels and zebra BUT look at what happened yesterday. Wild animals belong in the wild far from people or in a sanctuary. End of story.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Well I checked & they put the camel inside with the horses. He’s in stable condition.

MidnightAtTheOasis February 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I’m glad that the camel turned out to be ok. I hope when the vet checks her out, he won’t find any major damage and that she will be her old camel self in no time. Such a beautiful animal. I hope the owners will take better care of their camels and build a higher fence for them.

Not sure how one would hit a camel though. It was dark, but people need to slow down and pay attention.

Shasta Daisy February 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I was thinking about them the other day, wondering about both of them and how they were doing.

Please keep us posted.

Anonymous February 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

@dk 68
If it’s unincorporated, then the County zoning ordinance applies. It would be interesting to find out what restrictions Contra Costa County places on the number and types of animals allowed in the agricultural zone. I doubt the County ever thought someone would want to own camels or zebras in an agricultural zone (unincorporated or not).

Starfish February 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I’m glad the camel is ok. Even if that area is zoned agricultural-precautions should always be taken.

Screwy Louie February 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Good thing Honda’s are soft

ptpauly February 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I work with someone whose wife was in the minivan that stopped first. The camel was not hit according to her as she was in the first car/van. They were trying to help corral the camel. And stayed until the police arrived. Love the pictures of the camel and am glad no one got hurt, especially the camel

Apollo Idol Prudence February 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Milo is gone. Jared is all by himself now. Sometimes Life just really really stinks

Enfield303 February 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

KTVU mentioned copper thieves messed with the fence. Sounds suspect. Don’t know of any copper being used for fencing.

PollyP925 February 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Apollo, I am very sorry to hear your sad news ;(

Ben February 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I was two cars behind the red car that hit the camel and I am pretty sure I was the first person on the phone with 911 after the camel was run under. There are no lights on that part of Bailey and there was no warning. One second there was darkness and the next there was a giant sandy looking camel crushing the top of the car that hit the poor thing. I hope the camel is OK. My kids get a real kick out of seeing the camel eating by the fence.

Jody February 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Apollo, I am SO sorry to hear your sad news also. Prayers to you.

Shasta Daisy February 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Apollo, soooooo sorry. Milo and Maggie together now. Hugs to you.

Dragon February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

SFGate finally picked up on this story but they say that the camel’s name is Rudy?

:) February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

The one hump camel is Phil. Rudy was the two hump camel but he moved away

Patrick Piffinstork February 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

It’s about time someone hits that pesky camel

J. February 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

QUESTION: What time is it when a Camel sits on your fence?

ANSWER: Time to get a new fence.

anon February 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

When did they put in speed humps on Bailey Rd?

Cowellian February 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Apollo, I’m very sorry about your dog. I know that a beloved pet can feel like a family member.

Dragon February 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

@anon, that’s terrible!

Starfish February 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Just saw this story on the news on NBC.

B February 7, 2013 at 1:49 AM

OK, For all who would like to know, the 2 camels on Bailey Rd. are named Bailey which is the Girl and Bob which is the boy.
They are on Government property that is privately owed, There are also Bison out there too. Which some people mistake for Buffalo. There used to be Elk out there for years. even when the base was still open.
They are Not owned by the Seeno’s and I don’t believe the owners are to blame either, they are free to roam behind a fenced area. But you have Wacko people who Stop quite frequently to Dump crap, over the fence on the fence, I’ve even seen people taking pictures of the camels and climb over or on the fence so what makes you think some irresponsable stupid ass hasn’t messed with the fencing. Or on a more logical basis There have been workers also working on the cell towers on Bailey right by where Bailey hangs out. Which I’m sure if that were the case they didnt mean to .
Accidents do happen and I understand that she will be fine, and I hope the driver is also doing well.
It is nice to have animals that you don’t see in California other then the zoo roaming in nature minding there own business. Its sad that people want to be stupid and start rumors and point the Blame on whom ever or just be flat ignorant in there comments. It was an accident and that is that.
Im sure Bailey will be up and around in know time, and we will all be able to enjoy seeing her back in her usual spot soon.

Bubbles February 7, 2013 at 4:57 AM

I’m guessing the copper thieves broke the fence on the way onto the property. Lots of small buildings and cell towers in the area. I’m sure there copper up there somewhere.

Anonymouse February 7, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Privately owned government property ? Huh?

Travis Bickle February 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I’m amused by all the comments about wild animals being left in the wild. Have you people ever been to the Middle East? Camels are domesticated and used in a manner similar to horses here in the US.

:) February 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

@B-everything you said is wrong. Why do you make up all these lies? Lol. So strange

Gary Bogus February 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Camels are a non native and invasive species which should be removed from our local ecosystem. Well, that is they are non native unless you go back to the Pleistocene Epoch when they (or their similar ancestors) were native to the area…. in which case I suppose it would be OK to have lions (like the extinct saber toothed cat) roaming the hills too. Why not turn the whole place into Pleistocene Park? Sure, put a rhinoceros & elephant out there as well. Giant armadillos! Where does it all stop?

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