[meteorite-list] Camel to Carry Olympic Torch in Chelyabinsk

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:00:54 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201312052300.rB5N0s6w028578_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Camel to carry torch in Sochi Olympic relay
Nick Zaccardi
NBC OlympicTalk
December 5, 2013

The Sochi Olympic torch relay, among other exploits, has included sled
dogs and reindeer (and, it is expected, a dolphin).

Add a camel to the list.

A two-humped camel will carry an Olympic torch in the city of Chelyabinsk,
the site above which a meteor exploded on Feb. 15. The Olympic torch relay
is scheduled to visit Chelyabinsk from Dec. 16-17.

Here's what Voice of Russia reports:

"The eight-year-old animal, whose height reaches two and a half meters,
is taught to unassisted carrying of riders and getting to its knees which
is very important for an inexperienced rider with the torch.

The camel is regarded as Chelyabinsk's symbol for more than 200 years.
Starting from the late 18th century, the animal has been depicted on the
city's emblem, emphasizing the importance of Chelyabinsk as a trade center.
In 2002, the camel appeared on the emblem of the Chelyabinsk region. Camels
can be seen at most of the important public events in Chelyabinsk. One
even has a chance to ride a camel or take a picture with it in the city's
Received on Thu 05 Dec 2013 06:00:54 PM PST

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