He was around 18 days old when we received him and weighed 118 lbs. He also was full of many parasites and cocidia. He was treated for both and bottle fed for around 8 months. We slowly introduced him to llama grain pellets and second cut orchard grass with no weeds or stems.
He started packing on weight fast and over the course of 3 years weighed around 1400 lbs! He is extremely gentle and loving, however he kind of stays back and follows the other camels when they make their daily 5 camel train to the upper pasture up by our house.
He is usually camel number 5. When Sydney was about 3 1/2 he developed tumors on his lower lip. Our vet looked and recommended we take him to Ohio State University. We promptly called Anita Varga at OSU and made an appointment to have them surgically removed. Loading Sydney on a trailer is not an easy task!! Anita and her staff were great.
Not only did they take great care of our beloved gentle giant Sydney, but they thanked us for what we were doing for camels! Hearing that come from them meant so much to us because we respect Anita Varga and OSU so much.
Thanks Anita!! (and we still have that cool soap made from camel's milk that you gave us!!) Getting Sydney back on the trailer for the three hour ride back home was easy. He literally ran up on, anxious to get back to his pals.
Whenever we separate any of our camels from each other they all cry a very sad cry and pace constantly until reunited. They are a true herd animal and should never be without companionship.