When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Camels

Ah, yes, exotic Indja. Seems like only yesterday…

Well, on to the meat, as it were, of the story, it seems we have an outlier of an ill-tempered beast, even among a species known for being ill-tempered beasts. And an owner who learned a one-time lesson (the kind taught by experience, that is, exam first) in humane treatment of animals.

JAISALMER: Left in the heat with its legs tied all day, a camel attacked its owner and severed his head in anger in Rajasthans Barmer district on Saturday. About 25 villagers struggled for 6 hours to calm the animal down.Urjaram of Mangta village was entertaining guests at his house on Saturday night when he suddenly realised that his camel had been out in the heat all day with its legs tied. He was attacked when he tried to untie the annoyed animal.

“The animal lifted him by the neck and threw him on to the ground, chewed the body and severed the head,” villager Thakara Ram said. Villagers revealed that the camel had attacked Urjaram in the past as well.

Areas in Rajasthan are witnessing some of the highest mercury levels in the country. Jawans patrolling the border with Pakistan, too, are facing a tough time dealing with camels in this heat. Recently, a camel attempted to get a jawan off its back while rushing to the shade.

via Tied in heat all day, angry camel severs owner’s head – Times of India.

A “jawan” is a soldier, if you didn’t pick it up from context.

Yeah, it is starting to look like Animal Planet around here. OK, after this we’ll lay off the critter stories, and our When Guns are Outlawed decedents will have to fall to bad luck, acts of God, or other humans for at least a week or so.

Now, in the instant case, camels are notoriously cranky and difficult beasts, the Eurasian/Middle Eastern ones more than their Andean camelid cousins. In Australia, they’re an invasive species; introduced to the American Southwest as military pack animals (the action officer was a young regular named Jefferson Davis), their advantages over horses and mules didn’t override their disadvantages relative to those same creatures. Abandoned to the desert, they mercifully died out.

So, in this case, we had unusual weather, plus, an especially cranky individual of an especially cranky species. Sounds like a recipe for caution, to us.

15 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Camels

  1. Alan Ward

    Sounds like my wife when the Mercury gets above 25c, I’ve often felt that poor guy until I hook up the portable A/C for her. ;-)

    1. Hognose Post author

      Do Not Adjust Your Set was actually about 4/7 of Monty Python, or so, a year or two earlier. The guy who mimes playing the piano in the song (and who actually played it on the record) is Neil Innes, who was also “Sir Robin’s Minstrel” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Neil is still around and may be best remembered today as the musician behind the Beatles parody, The Rutles.

  2. John M.

    _Uncle Sam’s Camels_ is a very worthwhile read. I semi-regularly drive through the areas of Arizona where Hi Jolly released his camels, as well as where he’s buried. I look out at the mountains sometimes and wonder: are they all gone? There’s a lot of room out there for camels to hide. :)

    -John M.

  3. Greg

    Ah yes, Quartzsite. What a sad, dusty, and depressing little town. Especially in the summer.

    1. John M.

      I recently discovered one of those Tesla fast-charging stations behind the Carl’s Jr. there. It seemed an odd place, but it’s not like Hi Jolly’s tomb is electrified.

      And per Wikipedia, Hi Jolly drove his remaining camels into the desert near Gila Bend, another Arizona town where looking at the mountains and thinking about camels far beats looking at the town itself.

      -John M.

  4. jc

    Ah, the Bonzos! “No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In” seems a propos.

  5. 68Whiskey

    I thought Jeff was SecDef (or SecWar?) at the time, rather than a “regular.”

  6. James In Australia

    The Camels in Australia came with their keepers and their issues. Google ” The battle of Broken Hill ” for some historical reference.

  7. James in Toronto

    Ken Follett”s WWII novel THE KEY TO REBECCA starts like this:

    “The last camel collapsed at noon.

    It was the five-year-old white bull he had bought in Gialo, the youngest and strongest of the three beasts, and the least ill-tempered: he liked the animal as much as a man could like a camel, which is to say that he hated it only a little.”

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