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Couple marries in ambulance after groom passes out

A couple in Madrid were forced to marry inside of an ambulance after the groom started to feel a bit faint at the weekend wedding, according to city officials.

Couple marries in ambulance after groom passes out
Photo: Madrid emergency services

The lovebirds were supposed to get married on Saturday at a city administrative building, but suddenly the 50-year-old groom, who suffers from hypertension, started to feel ill outside the building, El Pais reported.

Madrid emergency services reported on Twitter that the man was feeling dizzy and sick.

Family members called for an ambulance and at first paramedics waited to see if his condition would improve, according to El Pais. But when it didn’t, they decided to take him to hospital.

But despite his condition, the woozy groom insisted that he marry his bride in the ambulance before going to the hospital.

“The man felt a bit overwhelmed. I told him that they could get married another day, but he insisted. The truth is that the paramedics told me that it wasn’t a serious case and the transfer to the hospital could be delayed for a few minutes,” said Madrid councilwoman Esther Gómez. 

So Gómez hopped into the ambulance and performed the civil ceremony with the wedding guests looking on through the ambulance door.

“Usually I read them a poem, but in this case I was only limited to reading the articles of the civil code,” the councilwoman said.

They even threw rice and shouted “long live the newlyweds” once all the official documents had been signed.

“The emergency services of Madrid are always needed, in sickness or in health,” wrote Gómez later on Twitter.

The groom was then taken to hospital to recover from the dizzying day.

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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.

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