Eight months after being sold, a lonely camel was so homesick, it decided to embark upon an arduous 62-mile solo trek to get back home.
The camel, who had been sold to a new family that lived over 100 miles away, melted the hearts of Chinese people when the story of its long journey across the barren desert of North China’s Inner Mongolia Region emerged.
When the camel finally arrived home after 8 months of being separated from its former family, it was exhausted and covered in scars from the onerous trek, according to local media.
The elderly, injured camel had been walking for over 62 miles, completely alone, before it was eventually found by a herdsman. The herdsman kindly took the camel back to his own home and made sure it was looked after with food and water until he could locate its previous owners and try to reunite them.
The original owners confirmed that they had sold their camel over 8 months prior to a herdsman who was farming camels. The herdsman had taken good care of the camel and had assumed it had settled in and adjusted well to its new home. But absence made this camel’s heart grow fonder, and it could not be separated from its original family any longer.
That’s when, on 27th June, the camel finally ran away from the herdsman and set about its long journey home. It trudged through mountains and sharp fences, and dodged high-speed motorway traffic to return to its original home.
Heart-warming footage of the camel being reunited with its original family after nearly 9 months apart was released by the local newspaper Bayan Nur Daily. The popular camel’s video has now been viewed over 16 million times with viewers gushing over it and saying how impressed they are with its resilience and its ability to navigate its way home.
One viewer commented, “Animals really understand and have a connection with humans. If you treat them well, they will miss you”.
The herdsman heard the news that his missing camel had returned to its original family and upon this discovery, he set about retrieving it from them. However, the couple was so touched that the camel was so loyal and had endured such a difficult journey to be with them, they decided they must buy their camel back.
So Temur (the camel’s original owner) and his wife decided to contact the new owner so they could try to buy their camel back. They offered him a younger camel in return for their old, loyal camel and he agreed to the exchange.
“When we heard the news, we wanted to bring back the camel, but its current owner had already caught it and took it back to his place,” reported Temur’s wife. She then went on to say, “So we contacted the buyer and decided to replace the old camel with a 3-year-old female. After we got it back, I was so distressed when I found that it had a lot of wounds on its body, as it must have got crossing the fences.”
There is a touching video circulating where you can see the couple wrapping Hada (a traditional ceremonial scarf also referred to as Khata) around the camel’s neck. This ceremony symbolizes that the animal has become part of the family.
According to Chinese media, the couple said they were planning to keep the camel and let it roam freely. Temur told Pear Video, “We won’t do anything to it.
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I would not sell it for anything”. His wife agreed, saying “We will not sell it to anyone else anymore, as camels are intelligent animals. It will be free for the rest of its life”.