An Oz Outback community is battling to regain control of its town from a 6,000-strong feral camel invasion, which has seen the thirsty dromedaries cause "chaos" in their search for water. According to the Times, the drought-hit beasts have descended on the Northern Territory's Docker River en masse, "trampling through homes, …
no more skippy steaks?
throw another camel on the barby?
As the voice of experience - You do *NOT* want camel steak. it's gristly, gamey, and bland, all at the same time.
Who cooked your bit of camel then?
I've had camel a few times and I found it to be pretty good, myself. It was certainly better than beef, though not quite as good as ostrich.
On the other hand, Skippy Steak is delicious and cheap. :)
Too early in the morning for me...
... in the article title, I misread "feral" as "federal".
What on Earth is a Gubmint camel?
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In other news, herding them out into the wilderness and shooting them is kind of disturbing. Who signs up to do that, anyway? "Awesome! Craigslist ad for a camel-shooter! And they're all trapped in one place! This is going to be the BEST JOB EVER!"
I think it's a rabbit built to gov't specs.
Anyone else remember that movie? I try to block it out, but it's scarred me for life...
Ship 'em to the Middle East
There's a shortage of camels in the Middle East at the moment, thanks to some sort of disease that decimated the population. Why not ship a bunch of the younger ones to the Middle East where they may be able to introduce a greater depth to the gene pool and thereby mitigate the disease problem?
Australia does thriving business exporting camels to the Middle East, both for slaughter and for racing. This market however doesn't even dent the populations seen in the 'outback'. We can also flood markets with feral donkeys, feral pigs and feral goats, all that's needed is a good price.
They do ship em
They're pretty costly to ship though.
Better to shoot.
They speak a different language there, Bruce.
take off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Sounds like the townsfolk have got the hump.
So what does camel taste like anyway?
It doesn't look at all like chicken, but neither does croc.
Awwwww poor camels
Rather than spending 27 grand on helicopters and bullets, couldn't they just buy them some water instead?
Larry Wall is behind this.
... it's full of camels!
Was not easier to give them water?
Wasnt easier to set artifitial water ponds outside and far from the town, no shooting, and the camel would learn that there are easier water supply far from humans areas, just as they learned there was water in them in the fisrt place.
The hard part would be the water supply, with the drought and all, but it would be a long term solution, next time they start comming you open the valves too fill the ponds and bang, camles start to leave for the new water source, or if not, you can force them
No water for people, let alone camels.
See what the subject says.
Of course, water stands could be used as a way of luring the buggers out of town to shoot 'em. Must be cheaper than larking about with a chopper...
Paris because I'm sure she's had more humps then the australian outback.