Aussies Will Kill 6K Thirsty Camels Besieging Town

Officials to shoot 6K thirsty, marauding camels
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 7:00 PM CST
Aussies Will Kill 6K Thirsty Camels Besieging Town
Camels are seen crowded around a drinking trough in MacDonnell Shire of the Northern Territory, Australia.   (AP Photo)

A town in the Australian outback is “under siege by 6,000 marauding, wild camels,” says a local official: Record-breaking drought drove the thirsty creatures to trample fences, smash water tanks, and terrorize locals, the AP reports. To stop the rampage, the government plans next week to herd the camels into the desert outside the town and shoot them. (Read more drought stories.)

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