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In India’s Thar Desert, nomads rely so much on camels for survival that the animals are revered. Livestock owners take great pride in their camels, carving intricate patterns in their fur.

I’M ACTUALLY SO GLAD THAT THIS POST IS GETTING REBLOGGED A LOT BECAUSE I’VE HAD THIS IN MY QUEUE FOR WEEKS AND I’VE BEEN SO EXCITED FOR PEOPLE TO SEE IT BECAUSE WHEN I FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS I THOUGHT IT WAS BASICALLY THE COOLEST THING EVER

Every once in a while, we find something truly interesting.
It’s unexpected. And you don’t think you’d care, but once it happens, you see
the world a little differently.

I was planning on posting the original pictures as a writing
prompt. But just the other night, I had one of those amazing moments where I
saw something new.

One of my favorite things is to watch animal webcams. Last
night, I was getting ready for bed and decided to check the African wildlife
cams, and I was not disappointed! I saw a herd of elephants and a huge
crocodile. Then, as the fun was ending, I saw on one of the thumbnails that
there was something rustling around in the bushes. Here’s the link to where I
saw that: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/african-river-wildlife-camera

Somewhere around noon the time of the camera’s location (central
Kenya), I found a group of camels. A quick Google search tells me that a group
of camels is a “caravan,” “flock,” or “train” of camels (http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/kennel/collectives.htm).
Now, when you think of camels, you might think of the Sahara Desert. I kind of
thought camels were always in the desert. I was wrong.

For about 30 minutes, I watched these camels. My haphazard,
tired brain counted about 30, but I’m pretty sure there were more than that.
They were wild camels, ravaging the bushes and trees and anything else green around
this watering hole on a reserve.

More information about the reserve:

http://www.mpala.org/index.php

Read up on it a little bit, and they actually have a ton of
camels that they’re breeding, since almost no one has done any studies on it.

I took some screenshots while I was watching the camels, so
I’ve included some of the most interesting here.

I’m sure this all looks out of place, but I just thought
this was so cool that I had to share it, especially since it could go in
conjunction with something else I thought was neat about these strange
creatures.

I’ve never had too many opinions about camels, except that I’ve
been told that they’re mean but smart, and they spit. This was a really great
opportunity for me to see them in a natural habitat, live and doing camel
stuff. I had no idea that they traveled in such large groups, and I certainly
didn’t know that they also live outside the desert.

So there you have it. Camels.

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