29 responses to The Camels of Lancaster County
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    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 07:59)

    Ed & Erik thank you for sharing these photos. I think I would be very surprised if the next time I’m in Lancaster I rode by this place and saw camels.
    At least now I’m prepared in case I run across this place I hopefully wont drive in to the ditch.
    I will be in Lancaster August 24th & October 26th for Mud Sales. I will keep an eye out for camels.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 09:06)

    I guess a lot of people would be shocked to see a camel in the field be it Amish or English. I love the expression on the tied up camels face.

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    Comment on Awesome! (August 7th, 2013 at 09:07)


    Thank you for sharing! We get to the Lancaster area several times a year, and I can assure you, if we had seen a camel, we’d certainly be heading for a ditch! Amazing!

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 09:10)

    …is camel milk in your cup?

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    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 09:40)

    My Mom lives near there. She say’s she has seen the camels in the pasture. They are probably put up certain times a day like alot of dairy cows. Mostly morning and evening, Or around milking time.

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      Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 10:49)

      Interesting. You can also see camels out and crossing the road in the original article. I imagined they may need to be kept separated in some way. Horse people would know better but aren’t they capable of scaring easily around unfamiliar animals?

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    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster Co (August 7th, 2013 at 10:47)

    The Camels of Lancaster Co

    HA – Leave it to the Amish to think of ways to make a living — ha — reminds me of some folks here in Florida got on the EMU craze, a few years back, and started buying Emu’s (and/or eggs)and started raising them — I guess they were selling their eggs and the meat is supposed to be very nutritional……whatever works!!

    OH — BYW — I think an Amish farmer in Pinecraft, FL, has a herd of water buffalo. Check with Sherry Gore (she has cookbooks and lives in Pinecraft), and I know she has mentioned them before, in her books! Never know these days what will show up in the pastures!
    Thanks, Erik

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      Matt from CT
      Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 12:51)

      Mozzarella cheese made from Water Buffalo milk is big business in Italy — they eat about $350 million dollars worth a year!

      I know there are folks trying to establish a buffalo mozzarella industry in the U.S. too. From what I’ve read there’s a bit of a learning curve going on since it’s not just water buffalo milk that’s needed, it’s getting the feed right so the milk is right and getting the right mix of bacteria to ferment it. Factors the French call “terroir.”

      Here’s two links on the above:

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Just dawned on me... (August 7th, 2013 at 10:58)

    Just dawned on me...

    …after seeing the look on the tied-up camel’s face. A LOOOOONG time ago (my childhood?) I remember TV ads for the candy bar company (Curtiss, at the time, I think) which featured a camel (close-up of its face) speaking the words, “I want a Clark Bar!” I KNEW there was some OTHER reason why these camels looked so familiar (starting with the camel milk posting)!

    Does anyone else remember those commercials? (I hope I’m not hallucinating, as I’m weaning myself off some powerful pain killers due to another herniated disc in my spine).

    Now I want a Clark Bar!

    Alice Mary

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      City Slicker
      Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 14:13)

      You are not alone — I remember the Clark Bar commercials, too. Never really liked the candy, but was intrigued by the camel’s rather British accent and careful enunciation.

      GEICO Insurance is running a TV ad in the NYC market (possibly elsewhere) with a camel strolling through an office asking people, “What’s today?”; everyone tries to ignore him, but finally one responds with the answer, of course, “It’s hump day”.

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      Eli S.
      Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 8th, 2013 at 08:54)

      Don’t remember the Clark bar commercial, but I do recall another commercial saying “I’d walk a mile for a Camel.”

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    Comment on Camels of Lancaster CO (August 7th, 2013 at 11:00)

    Camels of Lancaster CO

    AHA!!!! I just googled Camels Milk, and there is good info, about the milk — it really has some “GOOD” benefits. INTERESTING!!!

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Camel Milking Family Tragedy (August 7th, 2013 at 12:34)

    Camel Milking Family Tragedy

    Mark was just relating to me last evening about a former Amish family that has relatives in Belle Center. They milk about 40 camels. They just moved about six weeks ago to Luddington, Michigan. There was a pond out behind the house. Last Friday evening the two little boys, seven and nine didn’t come in for supper. Everybody went out looking for them. The dad and his brother, the boys’ uncle, found them submerged under the water in the pond. Both were gone. How sad. Funeral was Sunday with about 850 people present. They were buried, together, in the same casket. They played together, died together, and were buried together. Very touching. Please pray for this family.

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      Alice Mary
      Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 19:34)

      Don, what a tragedy! I will certainly pray for the family of those little boys.

      Let’s all be more aware of water & children, especially with weeks of summer left.

      Alice Mary

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      Comment on What a tragedy (August 10th, 2013 at 22:15)

      What a tragedy

      This is a terrible thing to have happen in ANY family. I’ll certainly add them to my prayer list. Just now getting a chance to catch up with AA after being gone for almost a week. A hectic one at that. Took my wife, Donna, and my “girlfriend” Xena, the Daschund, to stay with our daughter who is recovering from a surgery. She had to have her tonsils removed yesterday. I understand that is harder on an adult than it is on a child.

      As we were preparing to leave last Sunday AM I received word that my only brother had passed away that morning. He had been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in December. He was 72 years and thirty minutes old when he was called home. Because of this we put off leaving until Tuesday and then it was rush, rush, rush after we got there.

      Made for a long day yesterday and a short night last night as we didn’t get her back to her house until late in the afternoon and then I had a about a 350 mile drive back home & another 65 miles back into the city this morning for the memorial service for my brother.

      I’m drained, but not so drained that I can’t pray for those impacted by the loss of these two youngsters. Sad, sad deal indeed.

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        City Slicker
        Comment on Old Kat (August 11th, 2013 at 10:29)

        Old Kat

        Our prayers are with you.

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 12th, 2013 at 11:13)

        OldKat, please accept my condolences on the passing of your only brother. I have lost my parents, all aunts & uncles & a few friends, but my two older sisters are still around, with me, thank goodness.

        I hope your daughter is doing well. Yes, it is harder on adults–my husband & son-in-law had their tonsillectomies in late teens-mid twenties (I had mine at age 6 1/2.)

        You & Donna need some R & R now.

        Alice Mary

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on Condolences (August 12th, 2013 at 11:33)


        Dear OldKat

        My condolences and sympathies to you in the death of your brother. Of course, being 90, I have experienced the loss of many loved ones. Both of my parents are long gone. Both of my brothers. My wife. Two of my sons. It is never easy. But, with God’s help, we can get through it. I will pray for you.

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        Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 12th, 2013 at 13:21)

        Sorry to hear of your loss. May you know the peace that passeth all understanding.

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        Comment on Thank you all (August 12th, 2013 at 21:47)

        Thank you all

        Thank you for the kind words of condolence. My brother was a one of a kind sort of a guy.

        At the memorial service his pastor said that he had known him for 12 years and one of the first things that he had noticed is that Allen ALWAYS had a sparkle or twinkle in his eye. That is true, he always did. Shortly before he lapsed into a coma his pastor finally asked him why he always had that twinkle in his eye. His answer? “Because I KNOW where I am going”.

        That is one of the best things I have ever heard at a funeral. That said he, like all of us, was not perfect. As open minded as he was about almost all matters of faith, he could not wrap his mind around why the Amish choose to live the lifestyle that they do. He could not see how they could associate not driving automobiles, for instance, with their faith life.

        So he referred to the Amish as being “weird”. Try as I might I could never convince him otherwise. This was really very unlike him, as he literally had friends from all around the world through his involvement in an international association of retired police officers. These were people of all races, nationalities and creeds. So he was certainly no bigot. For some reason he just couldn’t relate to the Amish.

        I’m okay with this though, because I am sure that if he would have ever actually come to know any of them he would have never been rude to them. Who knows … he might even have come to appreciate their unique take on Christianity, as I have.

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          Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 13th, 2013 at 09:29)

          I appreciate you sharing this Oldkat, just catching up here after being out of town and mostly offline for the weekend. I know you have mentioned your brother a number of times. I am sorry for your loss. There are many things we can’t know but who knows, he may still have the chance to know Amish people. I am sure you will miss him greatly.

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          Comment on Camels in Lancaster & OldKat's brother (August 13th, 2013 at 10:08)

          Camels in Lancaster & OldKat's brother

          Sorry to hear of your loss, OldKat – it’s always sad to hear of our friends or relatives passing away, but hope the pleasant memories of his time on this earth, help to heal you, in this sad time.

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    Bob Rosier (Bob the Quaker)
    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 14:42)

    We were out in the country in Lancaster County this past Spring and saw a camel walking back and forth along a fence line. Glad to know more about what we were seeing. Thanks for posting.

    We will look for them this coming October… I saw some tobacco growing nearby so I thought it was a mascot for Camel Cigarettes 🙂

    Not !

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    Comment on Pregnant Camel? (August 7th, 2013 at 15:26)

    Pregnant Camel?

    Maybe the tied camel was pregnant and getting close to delivery so they tied it to keep an eye on progress. Just an idea. I’m probably going to regret asking this, but exactly how does one tell male and female camels apart? Is it as obvious as dogs?

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    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster County (August 7th, 2013 at 16:52)

    Rather biblical, innit, the camel stuff.

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      Comment on Good ol' SHOM (August 10th, 2013 at 22:18)

      Good ol' SHOM

      Comes through with the humor I needed at just the right time! Thanks SHOM!

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        Comment on You're welcome, OldKat (August 11th, 2013 at 19:30)

        You're welcome, OldKat

        OldKat: You’re welcome. I really did intend for the reply to be 99 percent serious, expecting at least a couple of replies about camels in the Bible, but I did take the “innit” part from the Church of Python [Monty] hymn book.

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    Comment on Also in IN (August 12th, 2013 at 10:18)

    Also in IN

    I first saw “Amish camels” at a farm in Middlebury, Indiana. Yes, we did take pictures. They were a lot of fun to watch.

    Thanks for the interesting post!


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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on The Camels of Lancaster county (August 12th, 2013 at 19:08)

    The Camels of Lancaster county

    I was on vacation when this was posted. What a nice email to come back to. I have been keeping my sister up to date on the Camel Story. She found it quite interesting that there is a camel dairy farm.
    Thank you for sharing.

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