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A small village in Australia's outback has been overrun by a herd of around 6,000 wild camels looking for water.
 

The 350 residents of Docker River say they are afraid to go outside as the thirsty beasts are rampaging through the town looking for water. Australia's long-running drought has driven the animals in search of water. They have already taken over the town' airstrip and destroyed infrastructure, including water mains. Helicopter-borne camel hunters are trying to drive the animals out of town in order to shoot them.
 

Australia is home to about a million feral camels, the largest wild herd in the world, the roam the central regions of the country and damage fragile ecosystems and deplete water resources.

Camels were introduced into Australia at the end of the 19th century as pack animals for use in the vast outback, however, as rail and road infrastructure improved, the animals were no longer needed and released into the wild.

 

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