updated 12/10/2010 3:51:22 PM ET 2010-12-10T20:51:22

A camel and its rider are unhurt after toppling onto audience members during a rehearsal for a costumed Christmas pageant at a South Florida church.

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The camel named Lula Bell walked down the aisle and was supposed to stop and kneel. Instead, the animal balked and then stumbled sideways. It fell onto several pews and the rider was also tossed into the audience.

No one was injured during the Thursday night rehearsal at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. But the pastor organizing the pageant says the camel won't be in any shows.

The camel was on loan from Animals in Motion, a Florida company that trains and transports animals for movies, shows and parties.

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