Camels shipped across desert

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

Half a dozen camels have taken their own 5000km sun­set ride from Vic­to­ria to Broome last week.

The seven male camels, which are ex­pected to carry pas­sen­gers on Ca­ble Beach, made the trek from Shep­par­ton to the Red Sun Camels sta­bles in Broome by truck on October 7.

Red Sun man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Geap­pen said the camels were orig­i­nally from the Simp­son Desert in western Queens­land be­fore be­ing trained by Peter Hodge and trav­el­ling for four days to Broome.

“Red Sun Camels is very ex­cited to wel­come seven new camels into the fam­ily,” he said.

“They are young, well-con­di­tioned and su­perbly trained in prepa­ra­tion for their work on Ca­ble Beach.”

The camels — Mu­fasa, Cap­tain, Clancy, Con­nor, Wil­bur, Teddy and Harry — were all sired from the same bull camel and are aged five to eight.

“They ar­rived and were on the beach, sad­dled up and walk­ing along to­gether at 5pm the same day,” Mr Geap­pen said.

“We now just need to fine tune them over the next few weeks, be­fore they are ready to carry pay­ing cus­tomers.”

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