Saturday, 26 November 2011

Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona

While other folks shopped, watched football and ate leftovers, we slathered on sunscreen and headed inland.

Not to be confused with Watermelon Days, which was held in July. 

This Dairy Farm is owned by a gregarious couple who also run the Turkey Stampede at the San Diego County Fair.

They taught us about camels.

They only have bottom teeth. That show. The uppers are in the way back.

The hump on their back is a lump of fat.

When a camel places its foot on the ground it splays and that
is why they don’t sink when walking across the desert sand.

They don’t sweat much but they shed their coat every year.

Then we watched a camel being milked.

The natural way.

The unnatural way.

End result.

Then it was feeding time. 

Plastic garbage bags were provided.

This little girl wore a plastic bag for protection
as camels spit and pomegranates stain.

Finally, we watched children take a camel for a ride.

After purchasing lavender lotion and pomegranate soap made from camel’s milk, it was time to say good-bye to all the animals on the property.

Camels, birds, sheep, turkeys and a pig that sleeps in a dog house.

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