Camel Pullers

Each puller led a file of 12-18 camels as part of a caravan.

He led the first camel in line by a rope tied to a peg attached to its nose. From the back of each camel’s gear, another rope led the next animal in line.

Pullers worked in pairs to help each other load their camels’ cargo each morning and unload each evening.

Camel Puller of Peking, China

They found the best grazing and kept camels away from poisonous plants. They knew when to give a camel water, how to park camels out of the wind, how to distribute the load to prevent it from hurting, and how to treat minor injuries, such as blisters or pack-sores.

Camel Caravan in the Jordan River Valley

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