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Silverton's newest resident

Wednesday, 13th January, 2010

This baby camel was born at the Silverton camel farm last week.

Farm owner Harold Cannard said the mother, Coco, had gone away for a few days so he knew she was going to give birth.

Baby Molly was born "Monday or Tuesday last week" on the Silverton common and is a dromedary camel, which means she has one hump. The calf weighed between 30 and 40 kilograms when she was born. Mr Cannard said he usually did not buy camels in calf as his business did not warrant having babies. But as it turned out Coco was already pregnant when he bought her from Maree in remote South Australia. Camels stay in calf for about 400 days. Mr Cannard said that now she was born she was a delight. "We picked up her and nine others about six or seven months ago," he said. "She was already in calf then. "We haven't had a baby born out here for at least 20 years. "It's nice for the people to see the baby camel." Mr Cannard said she was doing well and had been claimed by his four-year-old son Jay. "Oh, he loves her. We have to talk about what we are going to do with her but she will probably stay." Molly is white but her coat will darken with age.

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