Awlai F’sai, Saudi Arabia; Carlton Fegg, 32, an Australian tourist serving six months in jail for alcohol usage and awaiting six lashings with a cane, was foiled in his attempt to escape the Awlai F’sai Correctional Facility disguised as a camel.
Police chief, Colonel Farouk described the attempt as ‘amateurish’.
'Mr Fegg had constructed a camel suit from the hessian sacks we use as generous bedding for prisoners,' explained the Colonel. 'However he forgot that dromedary’s have one, not two, humps.'
Mr Fegg, wearing his disguise, reportedly approached the eastern gate concealed within a pack of dromedaries. His two humped camel suit clearly out of place amongst a sea of single humps.
'The guards, true sons of the desert, instantly spotted something was wrong and seized this pseudo camel,' said Colonel Farouk. 'And the fact that Mr Fegg was also walking upright with his supposed fore limbs flopping uselessly at his sides was also a give away.'
Mr Fegg will receive an additional two lashes for his impertinence and insult to the noble desert species.
An Australian consular official who met with the Australian tourist said that Mr Fegg had not been trying to escape, but was just nipping out to find a ‘tall frosty one’ before returning to complete his sentence.
Two humped camels, or Bactrian Camels, are natives to Mongolia and China.