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  • [WHO suggests Muslims to refrain from drinking camel urine] Middle East coronavirus

    06/29/2014 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 39 replies
    WHO ^ | 06/16/2014
    THe World Health Organisation suggests on a recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia (among other things): Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.
  • Camels Confirmed as MERS Virus Source in Humans

    06/05/2014 9:31:45 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    healthmsx news ^ | 06-05-2014 | unknown
    Saudi Arabian doctors say they've identified camels as one source of MERS infections in humans. The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned. (snip) The health risk from MERS to the American public is low, U.S. officials have said, because the virus is only passed through close contact.
  • ‘Hump Day’ Camel Party Cancelled at College Over Fear of Offending Middle East

    06/01/2014 3:52:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota cancelled a “Hump Day” party last week featuring a live camel following complaints that the event could be viewed as offensive to Middle Eastern cultures. The campus’ Residence Hall Association nixed its own event after several students began organizing a protest on Facebook. The protest had received more than 100 RSVPs before it was deleted Wednesday, according to aThursday report in Campus Reform. The episode has since triggered a social-media backlash against campus political correctness, with critics expressing incredulity over the idea that a camel is somehow culturally insensitive or racist....
  • The Scary Reason Saudi Farmers Are Kissing Camels

    05/31/2014 5:14:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May | Adam Taylor
    MERS is very scary. This week, while avoiding the term global health emergency, the World Health Organization announced that the deadly viral infection was both serious and urgent. So far, there have been 571 confirmed cases of MERS; 171 of those people died from the disease. There's one place, however, where the mood about MERS isn't scaring everyone. It's also the place where the infection was first reported in 2012 and where almost 500 recorded cases have been found so far: Saudi Arabia. And the skepticism about the virus has taken a strange turn in Saudi Arabia, where people have...
  • Three Camels Sold For Dh14m in Saudi (US $3.9M)

    05/31/2014 4:25:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A well-known Saudi farmer sold three of his camels for SR14.2 million (Dh14 million) to buyers from the Gulf kingdom and neighbouring Kuwait. The first two camels were sold for SR6million each while the third fetched nearly SR2.2 million, Sabq newspaper reported. The paper said the deal in the northwestern town of Hail was one of the largest camel transactions in Saudi Arabia despite fears the desert animals could be the cause of Coronavirus that has killed hundreds of people in the kingdom.
  • Deep question: Is a Hump Day camel … racist?

    05/16/2014 10:57:11 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures. The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events. But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to...
  • Florida MERS Patient Visited Two Hospitals

    05/15/2014 2:06:02 AM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2014 | Chelsea Rice
    On Tuesday morning in Florida, Orlando Health physicians and a state public health official spoke with reporters about the second MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) case at Dr. Phillips Hospital, where the patient is currently being treated. The patient with MERS initially came to Orlando Regional Medical Center to bring a relative in for testing, according to Dr. Ken Michaels, the health system’s medical director for occupational health. The care team admitted him to the hospital on May 8, when Dr. Michaels said the patient came to the emergency room at Dr. Phillips Hospital displaying possible symptoms of pneumonia. (The...
  • Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels

    05/13/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2014 Last updated at 10:28 ET | Staff
    People are taking photos and videos of themselves kissing camels in defiance of a warning from Saudi health authorities not to go near the animals, which have been linked to the deadly Mers virus. In recent days, Saudi Arabia has urged people to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels, to stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals, the newspaper Gulf News reports. But some people have refused to listen to the government's advice, posting videos and sending messages in support of camels. In one video, a man stands between...
  • Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World

    05/11/2014 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 98 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World By Shoebat Foundation onMay 10, 2014 inFeatured, General Exclusive by Walid Shoebat When it comes to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) it kills nearly a third of the people it sickened. Most people still haven’t twigged to the existence of MERS but that may be changing, with new MERS infections popping up recently in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, Egypt, and late last week, the United States became the 16th country to detect MERS in an American who has been living and working in Saudi Arabia. Some potential explanations for the...
  • Mystery of Pregnant Camel With no Mate

    04/18/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2014
    The owners of a farm shop and tea shop were puzzled to find one of their two camels was giving birth on Thursday – as both camels are female. Andrew and Maria Henshaw had no idea that Doris the camel, which lives with its half-sister Delilah, was pregnant until it began to calve. Mr Henshaw, a farmer, who runs the Mainsgill Farm Shop near Richmond, North Yorkshire, suspects that Doris, who has not been near a male camel from more than a year, was impregnanted before she was brought from Cornwall to North Yorkshire.
  • 'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where

    03/04/2014 7:24:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 2 March 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where million-dollar CAMELS with false eyelashes and lip filler compete for huge prizes • Visitors trek across desert for lavish event in Liwa, United Arab Emirates • Men happily declare they prefer camels to their wives - and all other women • Prize camels can change hands for as much as £1.8million at all-male event • Festival also features camel races and milking competitions Thousands of men leer on, playboys skid around outside in expensive cars, and top models command fees reaching into the millions...
  • Middle Eastern Virus More Widespread Than Thought

    02/28/2014 3:27:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 February 2014 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    It's called Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after the region where almost all the patients have been reported. But the name may turn out to be a misnomer. A new study has found the virus in camels from Sudan and Ethiopia, suggesting that Africa, too, harbors the pathogen. That means MERS may sicken more humans than previously thought—and perhaps be more likely to trigger a pandemic. MERS has sickened 183 people and killed 80, most of them in Saudi Arabia. A couple of cases have occurred in countries outside the region, such as France and the United Kingdom, but...
  • Camel bones suggest error in Bible, archaeologists say

    02/05/2014 5:24:50 PM PST · by workerbee · 84 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/5/14
    Archaeologists from Israel’s top university have used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the arrival of domestic camels in the Middle East -- and they say the science directly contradicts the Bible’s version of events. Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob, Old Testament stories that historians peg to between 2000 and 1500 BC. But Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures say camels weren’t domesticated in Israel until centuries later, more like 900 BC. “In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is...
  • The Latest Challenge to the Bible's Accuracy: Abraham's Anachronistic Camels?

    02/16/2014 3:48:28 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    christianitytoday.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Gordon Govier
    Two researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) studied the bones of camels found in an area of ancient copper mines in the Aravah Valley, south of the Dead Sea. Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, they determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. This would be almost 1,000 years later than the time of the patriarchs, when camels first appear in the Bible. Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written...
  • Camel Wrestling ... Yes, It's a Real Thing

    02/13/2014 11:41:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    pri ^ | February 10, 2014
    Camels and wrestling. Yes, the two can go together. Male camels can weigh as much as a ton. In Turkey, the animals are trained to square off in bouts of strength and skill. They do this before crowds numbering in the tens of thousands. As camels are tall, lumbering creatures, you don't want to get in their way. They can move surprisingly quickly, especially when two are locking necks, almost like a double helix, as they try to overpower each other. Turkey's largest camel wrestling tournament is held annually here in Secluk a market town of about 20,000 people. Camels...
  • Million-year-old camel bone unearthed in Syria (unknown tiny species of camel family)

    09/13/2008 1:03:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 616+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/13/08 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria – Scientists have unearthed a camel jawbone in the Syrian desert that they think may be a previously unknown tiny species of the animal and say dates back a million years.
  • Anthropologists identify professional rider at Burnt City

    01/10/2007 10:12:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Mehr News Agency ^ | January 1, 2007 | unattributed
    A team of Iranian and British anthropologists working on human remains discovered at the 5200-year-old Burnt City have identified a male rider who they believe was a messenger in ancient times... “The marks indicate that he had gathered his right leg while riding. Thus the riding was carried out on a big animal like a camel or ox,” Foruzanfar explained. There is evidence that draft animals were used in the Burnt City in ancient times, but gathering a leg while riding is something someone does while riding a camel over long distances. Thus, it is surmised that the man was...
  • Remains of giant camel discovered in Syria

    10/08/2006 7:58:20 AM PDT · by aculeus · 96 replies · 2,150+ views
    Mumbai Mirror ^ | October 8, 2006 | Reuters
    Damascus: Swiss researchers have discovered the 1,00,000-year-old remains of a previously unknown giant camel species in central Syria. “This is a big discovery, a revolution in science,” Professor Jean-Marie Le Tensorer of the University of Basel said. “It was not known that the dromedary was present in the Middle East more than 10,000 years ago.” “Can you imagine? The camel’s shoulders stood three metres high and it was around four metres tall, as big as a giraffe or an elephant. Nobody knew that such a species had existed.” Tensorer, who has been excavating at the desert site in Kowm since...
  • Australians urged to eat camels not cull them

    08/04/2009 7:55:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 654+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/4/2009 | Bonnie Malkin in Alice Springs
    At the Centralian Gold abattoir outside Alice Springs, business is brisk. Scores of animals are brought in each week to be slaughtered, deboned and packaged into sausages, steaks and mince. But the largest slabs of meat on the racks are not beef, lamb or even kangaroo, but camel. Garry Dann, who owns the business, describes camel meat as "beautiful, healthy and organic" and says demand for the product is growing every month. Travelling in large, aggressive packs, they prevent Aboriginal women from venturing into the countryside for fear of being attacked or trampled Mr Dann, who sells camel sausages, mince...
  • Camel Hunting, The New Aboriginal Pastime

    02/10/2008 6:55:56 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 86+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-10-2008 | Nick Squires
    Camel hunting, the new Aboriginal pastime By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 7:05pm GMT 10/02/2008 Aborigines in Australia's arid desert interior have hit on an innovative way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged so many of their communities - hunting camels. Camel hunting is the innovative new way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged Aboriginal communities Where their forbears pursued traditional prey such as kangaroos and monitor lizards, the younger generation is heading into the scrub to shoot plentiful one-humped dromedaries. The camels were introduced in the 19th century from India...
  • Fossil Camel Discovered in Oklahoma by Oil Workers

    09/08/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 5, 2013 | Blake de Pastino
    As the rush intensifies to find new reserves of fossil fuels, digs throughout the West are yielding another byproduct -- fossils. Oilfield workers in western Oklahoma have unearthed deposits of fossils containing extinct species of camel and horse, along with as-yet-uncounted other animals, while excavating a new well, Oklahoma City’s The Oklahoman reports. An earthmover uncovered the fossilized bones in July after removing 6 meters of soil in the state-run Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area. Paleontologists brought to the scene identified 13 separate fossil deposits, which have tentatively been dated as far back as 5 million to 12 million years. Among...
  • Fossils prove that giant camels once roamed the Arctic

    11/01/2013 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Mar 05 2013 | By Tanya Lewis
    High Arctic camels, like those shown in this illustration, lived on Ellesmere Island during the Pliocene warm period about 3.5 million years ago. (Image: Julius Csotonyi) Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic. The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed in March 5 in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that...
  • Camels' Humps Originated in the Arctic

    03/05/2013 11:03:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Mar 2013
    Camels get their humps from giant ancestors which roamed the Arctic rather than the desert and stored fat on their back to help them survive polar conditions, researchers claim.New fragments of leg bone discovered in the far north of Canada suggest that modern camels are descended from ancestors which lived within the Arctic Circle. Thirty fossilised pieces of a lower leg bone belonging to a camel which lived 3.5 million years ago were found by researchers on Ellesmere Island, in Canada's High Arctic. The giant mammals would likely have measured up to 3.5m (11ft) in height and had one hump...
  • Ancient Arctic camel a curious conundrum

    03/05/2013 3:17:09 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Published March 05, 2013 | Associated Press
    OTTAWA – Ancient, mummified camel bones dug from the tundra confirm that the animals now synonymous with the arid sands of Arabia actually developed in subfreezing forests in what is now Canada's High Arctic, a scientist said Tuesday. About 3.5 million years ago, Strathcona Fiord on Ellesmere Island's west-central coast would have looked more like a northern forest than an Arctic landscape, said paleobotanist Natalia Rybczynski of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
  • ‘Hump Day’ Phrase Irritating Some Teachers at Connecticut School

    10/04/2013 2:45:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 04, 2013
    Students at a Connecticut elementary school have been irritating teachers because they imitate the Geico 'Hump Day' commercial featuring a camel that walks around an office and asks workers what day it is. Some students at the Vernon Center Middle School reportedly disregard what day it is when they use the phrase, and use it on days that are not technically 'hump days.'
  • How Do You Like Your Camel Meat?

    09/12/2013 1:39:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | Mark Hay
    The struggling nation of Somaliland is betting these beasts of burden will be on the menu far and wide.From early in the morning until midday, the streets of southern Hargeisa, Somaliland periodically shut down as hundreds of camels trundle along the narrow city streets. Taxi drivers give way, milling on the side of the road, wiping their cars clean of the dust and mud kicked up by the procession. Ultimately, the beasts file through the gates of the Hargeisa Camel Market. No one really runs the market. It’s just one of dozens of sites across the country where nomads, locals,...
  • GCC Camel Race Opens in Kuwait

    11/29/2012 3:16:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Second GCC Camel Race Championship kicked off here yesterday evening under the sponsorship of His Highness Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Saba. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Jahra Governor Sheikh Mubarak Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, the representative of the championship sponsor, said a large number of camel owners from the six GCC member states are taking part in the race. He hoped that Gulf fans would be able to enjoy the camel-racing sports, which used to be practiced by Gulf forefathers. For his part, the head of the organizing committee and chairman of the Public Authority for Youth...
  • Islamic Center Offers Camel Rides Oct. 27

    10/25/2012 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Ron Orozco
    Want to take a ride on a real camel in northeast Fresno to get an experience of the Middle East? The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno is offering camel rides -- and more -- at its first bazaar, which will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the center, 2111 E. Nees Ave. The center is making arrangements to bring the camel from the Los Angeles area. Huda Munjy, chairwoman of the bazaar and a board member at the center, says the camel rides are to provide the community with an experience they can enjoy and remember for...
  • Camel Meat Catching on in Canada

    08/31/2012 11:34:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Green PROPHET ^ | August 28th, 2012 | Laurie Balbo
    Toronto eateries now offer camel burgers and kangaroo kebabs. Emiratis are addicted to Canada’s premier doughnut chain, Tim Horton’s. So it makes for kharmic culinary balance that Torontonians chomp a North American staple with a crazy MidEast twist: camel burgers. Casbah, a food kiosk in downtown Toronto, serves up camel burgers. “It’s very healthy, and it has no fat,” Casbah owner Dali Chehimi told CBC news. He sources his camel meat from Whitehouse Meats in St. Lawrence Market, who ship it up from Australia (where camel culling is helping to reduce feral camel populations in the Aussie outback). Whitehouse Meats...
  • Somali Islamists offer 10 camels as bounty for Obama (Lesser Amount For Hillary)

    06/09/2012 10:03:28 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/9/2012 | CNN
    (CNN) -- The United States offers millions for information leading to the capture of the world's most wanted terrorists. A Somali militant group has purportedly countered with an offer of camels for U.S. officials. Al-Shabaab has placed a bounty of 10 camels for President Barack Obama and two camels for information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An audio statement posted on jihadist websites purportedly from Al-Shabaab jeered news that the United States is offering millions of dollars for information on seven key members of al-Shabaab through its Rewards for Justice program.
  • Three Camels in Pre-Final of the ‘Beauty Pageant’

    12/27/2011 6:49:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Arab News ^ | Dec 24, 2011
    The judges’ panel for the King Abdul Aziz Contest for Beautiful Camels (Muzayin Al-Ibl) for the Hijri year 1433 (2011-2012) identified three she-camels as the top animals in the pre-final round of the Sufr (yellow) category at the Umm Riqaiba ground on Friday. Chairman of the Allegiance Committee Prince Mishaal, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Committee for Muzayin Al-Ibl, will announce the final winner at the concluding function in January. Prince Abdullah bin Saad bin Jalawi is the chairman of the judges’ panel. Contests in the other categories will continue on Saturday. The contests are held for...
  • Over 13,000 Camels to Join Beauty Pageantry (Saudi Arabia)

    12/18/2011 10:03:03 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 News ^ | December 17, 2011 | Staff
    Over 13,000 camels to join beauty pageantry More than 13,000 camels from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf Arab countries will be herded inside a massive well-built enclosure in the Kingdom for the region’s largest camel beauty contest, starting on Sunday. Organisers said 13,678 male and female Arabian camels will take part in the event, which will attract 280 camel owners from Saudi Arabia, 22 from Kuwait, 17 from Qatar and five from the UAE. The contest will be held in North Saudi Arabia and will last 31 days, during which three winners will be picked by a committee...
  • Camels, Afghan Breed Goats for Eid sacrifice this year

    11/04/2011 11:50:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | November 02, 2011 | Peerzada Ashiq
    As Eid-ul-Azha, a festival observed by sacrificing animals by Muslims, draws near, Kashmir sees exotic animals to be part of sacrificial animals' list this year. Topping the list are camels and Rs 2-lakh Afghan breed goats. These exotic animals will be part of more than two lakh sheep and goats to be sacrificed on the occasion in Srinagar alone. In the outskirts of Srinagar, Parimpora mandi, where grocery imports from outside the state come is abuzz with hundreds of sheep up for sale. But the eye catcher among the flock are tall camels, a desert animal barely known to Kashmiri...
  • Video: Tragic End to Camel Rescue

    07/30/2011 5:30:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, July 30, 2011
    Rescuers racing against time to save a camel from drowning failed to lift the massive animal out as it slipped off the ropes and disappeared down into the water pit to the disappointment and grief of the crowd. The thrilling rescue attempt was caught on video in Saudi Arabia and it showed the camel was just a step to life before it plunged back to death. The 54-second film, carried by Saudi newspapers, showed rescuers using a bulldozer and thick ropes to lift the female camel out of the water pit after it had apparently stepped on the open hole...
  • Cancer Gene Therapy from Camels

    07/15/2011 7:08:12 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 10 replies
    biosciencetechnology.com ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2011 | University of Copenhagen
    Nanobodies produced by camels have unique properties, which can be used in future drug development. New research published in the Journal of Controlled Release confirms that nanobodies can help scientists in the fight against cancer. University of Copenhagen
  • I’d Walk a Mile for A Camel (nice video)

    07/05/2011 4:24:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    Belmont Club ^ | July 5, 2011 | Richard Fernandez
    > The Guardian describes the benefits of going out and shooting a camel. “Australia’s population of wild camels, the Financial Times reveals, may soon be shot in order to earn carbon credits under the country’s forthcoming emissions trading scheme. Each one of the creatures is estimated to produce a tonne of carbon dioxide a year – about the same as a 7,000km flight – not to mention the environmental havoc they cause in a fragile desert landscape more suited to amiable marsupials.” Alternatives have been considered, such as feeding the camels birth-control tablets, but there are doubts whether this would...
  • Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

    06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 70 replies
    madison.com ^ | 09 june 2011
    Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century. The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the...
  • Feral Camels Plague Australian Outback

    05/18/2011 12:20:27 AM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tue May 17, 2011 | Jessica Marshall
    * 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...
  • Camel Eats Reporter's Hair

    05/12/2011 3:22:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    7KPLC ^ | May 12, 2011
    You never know what might happen when you're reporting on a farm. WWBT reporter Tara Morgan learned that lesson the hard way. While working on a story in Hanover County, VA, a camel started eating her hair. For a moment, it seemed like the camel had a good grip on the reporter. But with some help from her photographer, it didn't take long for Morgan to free herself. Both Morgan and her photographer got a good laugh, and no one was injured.
  • Egyptians Turning on Each Other (EGYPT LIVE THREAD # 2)

    02/02/2011 7:31:01 AM PST · by SE Mom · 1,984 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 2 February 2011
    URGENT: Gunfire heard in Cairo's Tahrir Square as supporters of President Mubarak and anti-government demonstrators clash hours after the embattled leader defiantly said he would serve out his term in office.
  • Camels Strut the Stuff at Abu Dhabi Pageant

    12/19/2010 3:51:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, December 17, 2010
    Dh35 million at stake in the world's biggest camel beauty contestNearly 20,000 camels from the UAE and other Gulf Arab countries have converged on Abu Dhabi’s western region for one of the world’s biggest camel beauty contests involving prizes worth nearly Dh35 million ($9.5 million). The camels have been brought from various parts of the UAE as well as neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and other Gulf nations for the week-long beauty competition in the western town of Dhafra. The contest, which started on Thursday, will stretch until next Friday and officials described it as one of the largest camel...
  • Christmas Camel's Church Belly Flop Caught on Tape

    12/10/2010 11:31:49 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, Dec 10, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Massive hump-backed animal falls on people in pewsA Christmas show camel got a little too close for comfort for audience members at a West Palm Beach Baptist church Thursday night, after it did a belly flop onto a row of pews during a rehearsal. The incident happened at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach and was filmed and posted to YouTube, thankfully. The video shows the massive hump-backed mammal being escorted down the aisle before it tumples over a few rows of pews an onto helpless spectators. Liz Reilly, an audience member who saw the whole thing...
  • Thieves Target Saudi 'Beauty' Camels

    12/10/2010 11:27:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Thieves stormed a farm in Saudi Arabia and stole five camels that have won beauty contests and are worth over SR15 million. But they were seized by police later, a local newspaper reported on Thursday. The unknown thieves sneaked into the farm in the central province of Quarayya under the cover of night and used ropes to pull the camels out of the farm gate towards a waiting van, Sharq Arabic language daily said. “The camels are worth more than SR15 million as they have won some camel beauty contests in Saudi Arabia,” the paper said. “The thieves took the...
  • Camel Beauty Pageant in December

    11/20/2010 5:54:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, November 20, 2010
    Hundreds of camels from the UAE and other Gulf nations will line up next month to show their good looks in the latest beauty contest involving the massive desert animal to be held by the country, local newspapers reported on Saturday. The Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Society will organize the December 16-25 pageantry in the Western region, the reports said. Authorities have started to conduct tests on all participating camels from the UAE and those coming from nearby Gulf states to ensure they are free of diseases. “Test will continue on all camels round the clock before and during...
  • Animal Lovers Get the Hump Over the Sale of Camel Meat in Thanet

    11/19/2010 2:46:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    By Andrew Woodman Andrew.Woodman@Krnmedia.Co.Uk ANIMAL-rights protesters have targeted a new shop in Broadstairs that will sell exotic meats including camel, crocodile and zebra. A small banner-bearing group confronted Wild Sun owners Manfred and Ahrlene Fuss outside their shop on Saturday morning. Two police officers were sent to watch the protest, which passed off peacefully. The demonstration came just days after the shop featured in the Thanet Times. The shop's owners import meat such as kangaroo, crocodile, camel, zebra and ostrich from as far afield as Australia and Africa and is due to open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday)....
  • Meat Exporters Say Australia's Wild Camels Are Untapped Resource

    09/06/2010 8:42:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    VOA News ^ | 06 September 2010 | Phil Mercer
    Australia's fledgling camel industry has received a government grant to capitalize on growing international demand for the animals' meat and milk. The animals were brought to the country by early settlers but their numbers have soared since they were released into the wild, and some Australians consider them pests. More than a million camels roam Australia's vast interior. These hardy animals are among the country's most destructive feral pests and marksmen have begun the task of culling hundreds of thousands of them. Meat companies, however, say a more productive way to reduce camel numbers is to export them as a...
  • Birthing Camel Babies Is not for the Faint of Heart, Perry Farmers Say

    08/16/2010 1:28:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NewsOK ^ | August 15, 2010 | SONYA COLBERG
    Ralph and Wynona Passow bought their first camels a decade ago to rid their farm of weeds. The camel herd has grown to more than 30.Lanky legs and neck sprawled too far forward, then too far backward. That black, furry newborn was going to stand and nurse somehow, Passow decided. The mother camel blinked long, dreamy eyelashes and watched carefully as Passow coaxed the big baby to the mother's side. "The females are lovely," Ralph Passow said, watching his wife try to turn the baby toward the patient mother. "But the male camels will kill you." About 30 minutes earlier,...
  • Six “Green” Reasons To Drink Camel’s Milk

    08/15/2010 4:00:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Green Prophet ^ | August 11th, 2010 | Tafline Laylin
    One hump or two? Feisty camels might have a bad rap, but their milk is low in fat, and full of vitamin C and iron. The next thing to hit Wholefoods?At the tail end of breastfeeding week, we thought we’d draw attention to another kind of milk widely touted in the Middle East to be the magical elixir of health. A staple of their diet, along with dates, camel milk has long provided Bedouins with the proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins necessary to survive a desert-dwelling existence. And unlike cow’s milk, which creates allergies in many consumers, camel milk is blessedly...
  • Feeding camels is tiresome, yet important task

    06/05/2010 2:50:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 698+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, USAF
    6/4/2010 - RAF MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) -- When my 3-year-old asked me why I was going to the desert in 2004, I said, "Daddy has to go feed the camels," and that was enough to sustain his curiosity. My 7- and 8-year-olds didn't buy it. Despite their doubt and his bewilderment, I went forth and tried my best to help by supporting ground and air operations in Iraq in an expeditionary maintenance squadron. This was my first deployment, and though it seemed difficult at the time, it was perhaps the easiest mission I'll ever endure. After a mere 100 days...
  • Tribes show best camels at beauty pageant

    02/25/2010 8:50:50 AM PST · by cajuncow · 38 replies · 761+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-25-10 | Tamara Walid
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Ten golden-colored camels adorned with sparkling ornaments line up for the finale of a beauty contest in one of the UAE's northern emirates, awaiting the selection of two proud winners. Gulf Arabs from across the region gather in a large sandy plot in Ajman to sit in for a four-hour competition, which will see the selection of the best out of 150 camels every day. The three-day spectacle should end with the top two finalists bagging luxury cars, while a remaining eight win cash.