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Polina Fedorova, How to Make Female Camels Accept Their Newborn

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Gedeeva, Darina 
Babaev, Andrei 


Sometimes female camels reject their calves. Female camels are jealous and squeamish animals. If a child touched a calf, its mother could reject it. In order to help the calf young Kalmyk women go to the female camel and sing a song with the dombra: ‘When the crane leads its chick in the autumn, whom will you lead then?’ On listening to such a song, female camels indeed weep and accept their calves.



camels, rejection, calf, song, ritual

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