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Camels Revisited-Part II


The racetrack built within the  farm area.
The racetrack built within the farm area.

T’was a very memorable eid holiday this year for our entourage who motored  inland towards an arid atmosphere in the Batinah region of Oman to try something different — a deviation from the normal , sightseeing or road travel that we are used to doing most of the time and this time we wanted to get into action.Riding— at the expense of what used to be man’s primary mode of transport in the desert – the gangly cud-chewer and unpredictably  behaving camel.While almost everyone everywhere is acquainted with horseback riding, I guess the other way around is true for camel riding, probably because the camels do thrive in the hot desert sun in the arabian peninsula to as far as the northern middle east countries and not so much on the colder environments around the globe.Camels sad to say,are generally reputed to be bad-tempered and stubborn animals but that doesn’t hold true in reality.The camel farm that we visited,huge as it was, as far as the eye can see enabled us to experience how it was to be in touch and understand more about the behaviour of this slow-paced moving ruminants at 5 kph/hr strides.In reality they tend to be good- tempered,very intelligent and very patient.Each one of us were treated to a first class display of patience by the animals.So patient…they wouldn”t stand until riders are fully mounted.The constant moaning and barking sound they create when they’re loaded up and have to rise to their strong knees and wide feet [to prevent them from sinking in the sand] is like the grunting  and heavy breathing of a weight-lifter in action, not a sign of refusal at having to do some work.Staying on a little longer and touring the place with the very warm and hospitable owner( a Sheik),chatting and  interviewing the people maintaining the farm,doing our own baby-feeding by extending grass to their big mouths [some refused our extended arms] and giving them water to drink.As we readied for home we were thinking about our next camel riding schedule in some future time.Camels! Be ready next time we’re coming back!

The camel farm stretches over a wide area inland in an arid environment and tended  by foreign veterinarians and local herdsmen.
The camel farm stretches over a wide area inland in an arid environment and tended by foreign veterinarians and local herdsmen.
The camel continuously growls and grows impatient as the next rider who happens to be my daughter is scared to death to mount.
The camel continuously growls and grows impatient as the next rider who happens to be my daughter is scared to death to mount.

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