The Photostory of a Years Old Camel Died of Eating Rubish in the Desert

I shall share with you the photostory of a dead camel in the desert years before. It is a case study for camel practitioners and farmers. It will tell you how the plastic converts into bodies like stones and block the chyme movement in the gut.


The problem is the camel is very curious and also eats everything. The issue is that many people throwing trashes, plastics, and other rubbish in the desert. The issue becomes more complicated when the camels are longing for the salts or facing deficiencies of some mineral, esp Phosphorus.

Also, the small traces of so-called decomposable or other plastics accumulate under the bushes/shrubs in the desert. When camel browses on such vegetation, the plastic makes a way to the camel gut. Sometimes, the camel used to eat plastic because it becomes their habit.

I shall share with you the photostory of a dead camel in the desert years before. It is a case study for camel practitioners and farmers. It will tell you how the plastic converts into bodies like stones and block the chyme movement in the gut.

You can see the tail and os pelvic cavity of the camel. You can easily point out the abdominal area of the camel where the bulk of rubbish can be seen in a blue circle
It is further clear, the red circle with the arrow sign shows the bulk of plastic, ropes, etc

Conclusion

This is a very serious camel welfare issue. How we can help in such circumstances? The vets should thoroughly analyze the case, do not put camels on antibiotics and pain killers but should know the reason for sickness. Progressive emaciation and on and off eating are the very clear signs of gut blockage or hardware problem. Also, we as a kind human being should take care of the desert’s health by not throwing plastic and other waste. When you go on a desert trip, please at least bring the waste you produced over there. It will be very appreciating if you collect some extra waste and put it in the nearby waste bin. The camel keepers/owners should care about the nutrients requirements of the camels and should not allow their camels unattended to eat anything like plastic and other undigestable compounds.

Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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