A calf of a different kind

Meet Volch, the newest edition to Guy Seeklus’ herd. Volch was born on Feb. 25 at approximately 4:15 p.m. In this picture he is less than 24 hours old. Mom, Pebbles, stays close by to keep watch. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

It’s got all the similarities, four long legs, the often seen brown fur, big brown eyes,  it lives in a herd and is a new born calf on the Bunkerville range but this calf is no cow. This calf is Volch, the new baby dromedary camel born on Feb. 25 at Guy Seeklus’ Camel Safari in Bunkerville.

Proud mama Pebbles is keeping a close eye on the new calf while papa Chewy is busy trying to make Volch a big brother.

The camels are currently in season and as Seeklus explained, females are induced ovulaters. The male camels are the ones that actually come into season and can be quite territorial and aggressive during this time.

Guy Seeklus gives New Papa “Chewy” a big ole kiss everytime the big guy comes running to daddy. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Aggressive or not, once Seeklus called to Chewy and the camel heard the familiar voice yell out, “Chub, Chub; come on Chewykins, come to daddy sweetheart,” Chewy trotted right over like an oversized puppy dog and happily got his kisses from daddy. Spectators were asked to keep a slight distance for both the safety of the visitor and not to overly disturb daddy’s boy.

Seeklus is very sensitive to his animals’ needs and feelings, the love he has for his herd has always been quite apparent from the start. One would think that his heart would have been completely full caring for the large number of large animals but it wasn’t. Seeklus has expanded his operation to include a plethora of exotic animals. When you visit Camel Safari, you’ll get more than just a camel encounter.

At the Camel Safari in Bunkerville, NV, you can experience many different breeds of exotic animals like Ambien, the two toed sloth. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

You can meet Ambien, the two toed sloth; Thorn, the porcupine; emus, alpacas, armadillos, a zebra and more. Seeklus has adopted a whole family of animals from a recently closed zoo and cares for those new comers as if they’ve lived a lifetime with him.

The same love and tenderness he gives his camels is given to each and every member of the safari. The animals are as comfortable with Seeklus as they would be if they were born there and he is, without a doubt, their human of choice.

Leslie is ready to become a mommy any day and the Camel Safari staff is excitedly waiting for the second new arrival. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The entire staff is very knowledgeable about the animals and there are some who are camel experts, you’ll get a lesson on the animals that you won’t ever want to end.

You won’t be sorry about spending an afternoon getting to know these and other amazing animals at the Camel Safari; it’s an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the trip.

For more information on Camel Safari visit their web site at www.camelsafari.com.

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