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Camel family finds new life in the Lockyer Valley

CARING: Abbie Veivers with Serendipity volunteers Leah Jane and Thomas Meaney.
CARING: Abbie Veivers with Serendipity volunteers Leah Jane and Thomas Meaney. Contributed

THEY may be the luckiest bunch of camels in the world.

Instead of a one-way ticket to the slaughterhouse, a family of five camels will now live out their days on a farm in the Lockyer Valley.

The animals were originally intended to be butchered this week at a NSW meat factory and shipped to Europe for human consumption.

But thanks to Serendipity Farm Animal Centre in conjunction with The Animal Dreaming Farm Sanctuary the group of dromedaries have been rescued.

Unfortunately, salvation doesn't come cheap though.

Serendipity Farm owner and founder Abbie Veivers said it would cost $10,000 to liberate the camels from certain death.

"A gentleman from the meat factory offered to hand the camels over to us on the condition that we pay that amount," she said.

"The original offer was made to The Animal Dreaming Farm Sanctuary in NSW but they didn't have the room to accommodate them. We agreed to pay the man in instalments."

A family of camels will now live out their days on a farm in the Lockyer Valley.
A family of camels will now live out their days on a farm in the Lockyer Valley. Contributed

Mrs Veivers said the camels would be contained in a 10-acre paddock with their other resident camel, Humphrey - who was also saved from the meatworks.

Since the farm was established in 2010, its mission had been to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home neglected and unwanted animals.

"I'm pleased we had the opportunity to save these camels," Mrs Veivers said.

"I am sure they will be a real drawcard at the centre and that Humphrey will welcome the company."

With the farm still recovering financially from a series of flood disasters, Mrs Veivers is reaching out to the community to help pay for the camels.

She said centre was accepting donations and was offering sponsorship packages for individuals, businesses or schools.

For more information search for "help save the camel family" on Facebook or phone Abbie on 5462 9171.

Topics:  camels serendipity farm animal centre



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