When dromedaries attack
Life in Australia's outback is not for the weak, so what has so spooked the hardy residents of Docker River southwest of Alice Springs that they're frightened to leave their homes? Raging bushfires? Record high temperatures? Swine flu?
Nope, 6,000 feral camels searching for water:
[MacDonnell Shire Council chief executive officer, Graham] Taylor said residents were not overly concerned when about 30 camels came into the town looking for water a few weeks ago, but that fear had grown as numbers increased steadily day by day.
The unfortunate beasts will be mustered by helicopter, driven into the desert, shot and their bodies left to rot where they drop, all that meat wasted.