Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our World: So She Won't Get Away


Camels are apparently quite easy to contain and manage. They are corralled in very simple rickety enclosures made of a few short posts with a string of barbed wire. I've seen many camels with scars on their legs and I'm not sure if it's from the barbed wire or perhaps they are markings or brandings to indicate ownership. You can see these markings on this camel and also on two that are seated on the ground.

I've also seen many camels with a short rope tied around their front feet, enabling the camel to take short steps but inhibiting her from running. The rope around her hump and body is actually a bra-like contraption that is put on nursing mama camels to prevent their babies from drinking too much of the milk that is sold to customers. The camels are milked on the spot when a customer requests fresh milk. Babies are allowed to suckle for a short time then to get the milk going and then the baby is kept away so the attendant can milk the camel. I've seen this done by one man, but it appears to be much easier if there are two guys doing the job.



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6 comments:

Milandailyphoto said...

very useful info about one of the most funny animals!!!i've get one day!!!

Judy said...

Do you drink the milk just as it is or perhaps boil it first? With all the safe guards with our cows milk, pasteurization and refrigeration, it makes me curious. Does it taste like cows milk or maybe goat milk?

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Judy - My husband always boils the heck out of it first. A friend told me that they drink it as is, straight from the camel. It tastes pretty much like cow's milk. My husband likes to add it to his coffee and he uses it for cooking, like he makes creme caramel pudding out of it too.

ladyfi said...

I can't help feeling sorry for the camels though.

Susie of Arabia said...

They are so easily controlled and I've never seen any camels resist the conditions they live under. They are not kept in the corrals all the time. At the end of the day, they are taken deeper into the desert and then led back the next day.

joy said...

visiting for the second time. Thanks for sharing your life and pictures from there!