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Doris and Delilah step into the shoes of popular camel
TWO ships of the desert, Doris and Delilah, have filled a void left by a popular camel whose death was lamented by passing motorists.
Kevin, a Mongolian Bactrian camel, was a well-known sight for those who regularly passed his field, just off the A66 in rural North Yorkshire.
He belonged to Mainsgill Farm Shop at East Layton, near Richmond.
But his death earlier this year was felt by many visitors and drivers, who were used to seeing him as they passed the venue.
A haulage company was one of the many who emailed and rang the shop to enquire about why he was no longer in his field.
Kevin fell ill and died just as the owners of the farm shop business, Mike and Maria Henshaw, had found him a mate. The Mongolian camel was known for recognising customers and would walk alongside the Henshaw children as they made their way to the school bus on a morning.
Now they have taken on another two camels to hopefully take over Kevin’s mantle.
Doris, five, and Delilah, three, are also two-humped Bactrians - a species which originates from the Gobi deserts of Mongolia and can withstand extreme temperatures of both hot and cold.
Mrs Henshaw said they were bred at a centre in the south of England and were used to people being around them.
“They do like people and will come across the field so see people,” she said.
“They’ve probably never seen as many people as we have visiting here, but everyone is making a big fuss of them.
“Doris has been hand-reared and is very, very tame. They’re loving the attention.”
“People were missing Kevin so much. Staff and customers were very upset he died. We didn’t know how we could replace him, but we received a lot of emails requesting more camels. So due to public demand we had to get some more.
“I think we’ll always have camels now.”
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