We only just found out that Martyn and his mate Fordie owned camels.
They’ve had them for about 8 years and have raced them at places like Winton and Tara with some success.
Why camels? This was the question we asked over coffee the other day in Goondiwindi.
The story started with ” Well we were havin’ a drink one day and…”
How many times does that sentence start adventures that normally wouldn’t happen? The story of the acquisition of a private herd of camels had us in fits of laughter.
Unfortunately we came in at the end of this adventure as Martyn and Fordie sold them all at the last race meet in Tara. We got to see them being loaded ready for shipping to their new home in Newcastle where their new owners will use them for racing and for camel riding. They have over 50 on their camel ranch.
The camels had been kept at a farm just out of Goondiwindi. The owner of the farm also owned two camels and was able to get the buyer to take these off his hands as well.
These animals aren’t like cattle or horse’s, needing constant care, they look after themselves and with their large soft hooves they cause no damage to the environment.
Martyn had us in fits of laughter regaling us with stories of these animals. How they can spit, bite and send you flying with a hit from their hooves and how they can remember tricks on how to handle humans very well.
He had one that didn’t like to be lead around and would lie on his lead so you couldn’t get to it, or he’d put his leg over your arm so it would knock the lead from your hand.
One of the camels that Martyn and Fordie owned was the biggest camel around, even the new owner who has vast experience with them said he’d never seen such a large one.
Now try and get that camel into a truck!
it was funny to watch as the camel placed his head over the top of the truck as if to say, “I’m this big and you want me to go in there?”
Luckily the camels travel sitting down and can move around commando style so once they were in they were quite comfortable.
Always something different happening out here!