Train Driver Honks Wildly As Camel Walks Down Tracks

Story ByAnastasia Smirnova, Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

Video Credit: CEN/MaxBure

This is the funny moment an angry train driver repeatedly sounds the horn at a nonchalant camel strolling along the railway track – in an incident that reportedly lasted 44 minutes.

The calm camel was filmed holding up the train near the Kygash railway station in the south-western Russian region of Astrakhan Oblast, and the footage was later shared on YouTube where it has been viewed 53,000 times.

Picture Credit: CEN/MaxBure

According to local media, the train was heading to the Russian capital Moscow from the capital of Uzbekistan Tashkent when it encountered the camel on the tracks.

Reports said the nonchalant camel was travelling at a speed of 22 kph (14 mph) before slowing down to 13 kph (8 mph).

Initially, railway officials were concerned that the camel might have rested on the tracks and paralysed train services completely.

However, the overall delay caused by the slow-moving animal was 44 minutes.

Netizen ‘Arran Vid’ said: “Cool camel.”

‘Tamara Radzhabova’ commented: “Like they couldn’t stop the train and shoo it away.”

Camels originated in North America some 40 to 50 million years ago, before they crossed the Bering straits into Asia between 3 and 5 million years ago. They then spread to Europe and Central Asia.

The first cases of domestication were recorded some three million years ago in Somalia and South Arabia.

Camels are known for their thick fur. Camels reportedly have to sweat about half of their body liquid out in order to avoid overheating. Their humps originally evolved to store fat and provide them with warmth in the cold north before adapting to store water in deserts.

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Anastasia Smirnova

I am a senior writer and correspondent with several years experience working as a contributor for various publications.

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