Friday, July 6, 2012

SkyWatch: Hobbled Camel

When I first noticed this camel with his front left leg bent back at the knee and tied that way, I didn't know what to think. I have since learned that this is actually a technique called "hobble training," used to train and manage camels to restrain or stabilize them when it is necessary, such as for medical procedures. The strap or restraint is applied when the camel is lying on the ground. The camel is then coached to stand. The strap is not left on very long so as not to cause any damage, and is effective when used properly to train the camel and modify its behavior, making it safer in the long run for the humans attending to it and the camel itself.
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1 comment:

Dina said...

It looks harsh, but I'm in favor of anything that will teach a camel to be more cooperative with humans.