What do you get when you cross a Llama and a Camel?

Could it be a Llamel? Nope its camas! Well in 1997, the United Arab Emirates set out to answer the question. At a government veterinary centre in Dubai, they cross-bread a llama and a camel. The offspring animal resembled the camel. One was named Rama, and since then till 2008 has been the only one…

Date:
      1997
Location:
      Dubai, United Arab Emirates



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