A man was severely injured in a camel attack in Charles County, Md.

The animal is part of a circus that set up at the Charles County fairgrounds in La Plata.

Officials say the camel turned on its handler as it was being unloaded from a horse trailer.

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The 57-year-old employee of the Lewis and Clark Circus was airlifted to the hospital in a police helicopter. Officials say he had severe head and leg injuries.

The circus says all performances at the location have been canceled because of permit issues.