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Article by: Carol Crupper of Acres Magazine
Photos by: Diane Guthrie
Rob Campf can't recall exactly when he caught camel fever, perhaps as a child watching one of those magnificent creatures upstage the wise men in the Christmas pageant. Then, eight years ago when he saw a 150 pound baby camel at an animal auction he became hooked on camels for life.
Later that day at the animal auction, just as they were reminding themselves about wanting no part of the exotic animal trade, into the auction ring came the frightened little camel being poked and prodded as he bawled his way into their hearts. That ended any discussion, and when the gavel rapped, Rob and Karrin were owners of a camel. They named him Arthur.
Rob and his wife Karrin were already living on small acreage near Salem, Ohio, with eight dogs, three goats, four cats and nine alpacas. Animals are a sideline to their trucking business that involves 45 trucks and 55 employees.
"We vowed to each other that day to be sure that we make a concentrated effort to support the adult exotic animals that people no longer wanted, those that are neglected, abused, not fed proper diets, those with substandard medical care,
the ones that people got for the wrong reasons," Karrin said...