Whilst all of the other camels went down to the river to drink, had a roll in the sand, and then went off to graze on the trees, George went for a drink, had a roll in the sand, and then came and found me for a quiet moment before he went off to eat the trees.
Ever since then I have had a yearning for a camel of my own and recently started to look for somewhere where I could get experience in how to look after them and how to read their body language. With ears that give little away, and teeth that always stick out, I wanted to know how they tick.
A very kind friend has put me in touch with someone locally who cares for two camels, Bactrians rather than dromedaries. This morning I went on a fact finding mission to meet them and make friends with them. I didn't expect to be given the opportunity to photograph them...or to have such close contact with them but I was thrilled to bits to be able to.
|Timujin, used to belong to a travelling circus for the first nine years of his life|
|Therese was bred by the Chipperfields and has been in her current home for 18 years since she was a yearling|
|Timujin likes to closely supervise room service...|
|and they both have an extensive wardrobe having appeared at the Royal Opera House, the Lord Mayor's Parade, and the local church nativity|
|The chain halter is for emergencies only, and does nothing once have their bridle on.|
|The home horses (Arizona in this case) are unperturbed by their presence...|
but new horses can't believe their eyes
|This is how to get horses to have their ears forward when having their photographs taken|
|Charlotte and Martine with Timujin and Therese|
|I was honoured to be allowed to ride Therese...|
|and really didn't attempt to steal them|
|They were very gentle and affectionate (and so was I)|