Rent-a-camel? Animals see bump in appearance requests for the holidays

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Date: December 24th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

camelReindeer have a famously hectic schedule at this time of year – but they aren’t the only in-demand animal: camels also face a long, though less celebrated, slog, on the festive commercial circuits of America.

The animals, known for having humps, are popular for nativity recreations – although scholars are divided as to whether camels were present at the birth of Jesus – and all round high jinks.

Despite the busy schedule, there’s no risk of the camels getting the proverbial hump, according to animal owner Jan Marchezak, who runs Barnyard Petting Zoo and Pony Rides LLC.

“They’re like a two-year-old who never grew up,” Marchezak said.

“They love the attention,” she said.

Marchezak, who is based in Washington county, Pennsylvania, owns nine camels. Two are fully-grown – they can weigh up to 1,500lbs – and she has seven calves. Although the camels are popular year round– Marchezak said people hire them to be petted at birthday parties – there is a significant peak around Christmas.

“We do lots and lots of churches,” Marchezak said. “We usually run out of camels before we run out of churches.”

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