Sunday, June 24, 2007

Khaleej Times: "16 camels killed as lightning strikes"

This story just struck my fancy. I hope this finds all your camels safe and healthy:
ABU DHABI — Sixteen camels were killed when lightning hit them near a farmland off Ghayathi in the Western Region yesterday.

The herd owned by Mohammed A’sheer Al Mazroui was stationed atop a sand dune behind his farmland 20 kilometres away from Ghayathi.

Al Khaleej Arabic daily quoted Al Mazroui as saying that the camels were grazing when the sky suddenly became cloudy. Soon it started to rain and a small group of camels broke off from the herd climbing up the sand dune nearby. The lightening and the accompanying thunder virtually shook the whole area and the 16 camels staying atop the dune fell down dead.

Al Mazroui said that the herdsman and the remaining camels in the farmland just few metres from the dune escaped unhurt. He requested all to keep themselves and their animals away from highlands at times of thunder showers.
Good idea.
The Western Region continues to be cloudy. Met sources in Abu Dhabi forecast sporadic rains in the Eastern Region today.

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