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April 8th, 2008 at 7:33 am

World’s First Camel And Llama Cross Now Has Friends

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Rama, the world’s first cama, finally has some friends to play with.

The hybrid animal, the product of breeding a llama and a camel, has been the only creature of this kind since her birth in 1995.

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But now, thanks to better breeding techniques, there are three more camas roaming the Arabian desert.

Camas are humpless and have the long fluffy coat of a llama. Their ears are half way in length between camels and llamas, but they have the strong, desert-ready legs of a camel.

Strangest of all, camas have partially cloven feet – a halfway compromise between the foot pad of the camels and cloven feet of the llamas.

The birth of the new camas is a dream come true for Dr Lulu Skidmore and her team at Dubai’s Camel Reproduction Centre. She said: ‘When we started the project, we were not sure if it would even be possible to breed them. Now we have four thriving animals.’

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