Sounds like the title of an off-beat Amish fiction series, doesn’t it?

While these Camels of Lancaster County have not shown up in any novels I am aware of, they did make an appearance in the news article on Amish camel milk which we looked at last month.

I don’t expect Amish camel farming to become a new focus of interest here, but since we’ve already cracked open the can of milk, why not continue.

Today we have photos of bona fide Lancaster camels courtesy of reader Ed, who has just concluded a visit to the county.

Camels In Barn

Ed’s wife was able to count about six camels.  These two look curious.

White Amish Camel


Curious Camel

Ed: “This camel was separate from the others and appeared to be tied; perhaps it is a bull?”  Bull or no, I like the expression on this guy’s, or gal’s, face.  A touch of smug?  A little ambiguous.  Inviting, or asking for trouble?

Camel Barn Lancaster County


Smiling Camel

In this series of photos, we don’t see any camels outside the barn. Perhaps that is intentional, I wondered, to prevent tourists driving into the ditch out of shock.

On that point Ed shares the following, overheard from someone who seemed to know what she was talking about: “the camels must be kept in the barns due to the fact that they scare the buggy (and other) horses, causing them to shy or to flee in panic.”

Camel Morning

This camel is set up in a temporary shelter in a field near the barn.  To me, this looks like a shot from a commercial for camel coffee.  The best part of waking up…

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