Skip to comments.Feral Camels Plague Australian Outback
Posted on 05/18/2011 12:20:27 AM PDT by LucyT
* Over one million feral camels live in arid and semi-arid regions of the Australian outback.
* The camels demolish air conditioners, fences and toilet systems and foul critical watering holes.
* A new program aims to track the camels by allowing people to report sightings using Google maps.
The single-humped dromedary camels were brought mainly from India in the second half of the 19th century to work in the scrubby, red-earthed arid parts of the Australian outback, transporting people and as pack animals. Once trains, roads and machinery made them obsolete as workers, the camels were let loose, creating the world's only population of wild camels.
Since then their population has doubled every eight or nine years.
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Perfect opportunity for a new fast food joint...McCamels...their slogan could be, “I’d Walk A Mile For a McCamel.”
Wonder what Camel tastes like.
With over a million animals, they could harvest them down to a manageable herd of 2000 or 3000 animals on a preserve, and use the remainder of the feral herd for food instead of killing them and wasting them as they do now.
Since you asked:
SNIP . . Whether your camel dish is a success really depends on the state of the camel when it entered the abattoir.
aSNIP . . .Though camel meat can be cooked in almost any method in which you would cook lamb, (and it is a similar taste), the very best method is roasting.
Very clever with the McCamel bit!!
They are supposedly mean beasties, even when domesticated.
Probably more lean meat than fatty meat. Would probably cook well like cabrito, with lots of marinade or sauce.
Somehow, they’ll get over this hump...
Like someone walked a mile on it?
The export of camels from Australia to Saudi Arabia and the rest of the sandbox is big business, along with lamb and mutton.
“Feral Camels Plague Australian Outback”
Oh nooooo! First it was the feral cats and now feral camels...oh noooo! :)
And when you order sugar in your coffee, they'll ask, "One hump or two?"
They would make good dog food.
> Wonder what Camel tastes like.
Ask the sharks.
Perhaps they could introduce a really, really large species of cane toads to eat the camels?
“The camels demolish...toilet systems”. I’ll say. Have you ever tried to use a rest room after a camel has been in there? Filthy stinkin’ mess! Use all the toilet paper. Don’t flush. I think they even pee in the sink if there’s a couple of them in there at the same time.
We had camels in AZ in the 1800’s. And, no, I don’t remember them.
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