Humane Society Gets Exotic Animal

Humane Society of North Texas houses its first camel

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Friday, Aug 31, 2012  |  Updated 7:40 PM CDT
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Humane Society Gets Exotic Animal

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On Monday, Saudi the camel will be transferred to his new home -- the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas

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Animal donations are a regular thing at the Humane Society of North Texas, but it recently got one that is out of the ordinary.

Saudi the camel came from a loving home in Tarrant County. But life the area is changing from rural to urban, and the family that owned Saudi thought it was no place for a camel.

"He's healthy. They had him legally. They realized it wasn't a good situation for him, and so they sought help in finding him a good situation," said Shelly Meeks, Humane Society of North Texas executive director.

The organization is no stranger to having animals that are classified as "exotic" pets.

"Bears, lions, tigers, reptiles -- pretty much, you name it, we've had it," Meeks said.

But Saudi was its first camel. The Humane Society said camel owners have special permits and accommodations that make it legal for them to have them -- not to mention, a ton of hay.

"Saudi has put a financial strain, you know, with the amount of feed that he has gone through, so we could definitely use some donations of either hay or money to help supplement what we've spent on the hay," Meeks said.

Saudi won't be in Fort Worth much longer.

On Monday, he'll be transferred to his new home -- the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas, where he'll trade celebrity to be around more of his kind.

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