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Picture 104, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

(Texas Mike)
Camels in Australia? You bet. In fact, these funny sounding/looking/smelling creatures played a huge part in the development of the dry, unforgiving interior of Australia. They were first imported into the country by european explorers in the mid 1800’s. The one-humped variety is perfect for the arid outback conditions, and they truly have gone wild ever since. There are now about 500,000 wild camels in Australia; the country is actually starting to export some to other countries because the Ozzie camels are pure and disease free thanks to some serious quarantine laws and breeding specifics.

Our camel, Sky, is anything but wild, but it started out that way. Many of the camels at the Alice Springs camel farm came from bad situations in the wild, and they now thrive in captivity. Better yet, they allow tourists like us a chance to feel like an outback pioneer. Like a one-hour convoy down the bone-dry Todd River bed. I can’t imagine riding one of these suckers 500 km through the desert to pick up my one-year of supplies at the closest rail station, as they had to do at the Alice Springs telegraph station.

I like cars. They have a/c and don’t try and bite your legs.