A camel has melted the heart of millions of Chinese people after it reportedly walked 100 kilometers through the desert to return to its previous owners, eight months after it was sold.
The homesick is reported to have spent days crossing the barren desert of North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to reach its former home.
Another farmer had sighted the injured animal walking through the desert and taken care of it while trying to find its owner.
According to a viral Pear video, the homesick camel walked more than 100 kilometres through the desert, wading through mountains, crossing highways and fences before finally approaching its old home, which was when the herdsman spotted it.
The camel was sold in October 2019 and the new owner took it 100 kilometres away and raised it in his hometown in winter and grazed it in the mountains in spring.
The animal seemed to have adjusted fine to its new home but on June 27, just one day after its summer shearing, it ran away.
The former owners Temur and his wife wanted the camel back after they learned of its arduous journey to return to them.
“When we heard the news, we wanted to bring back the camel, but its current owner had already caught it back to his place,” Temur’s wife said. “So we contacted the buyer and decided to replace the old camel with a 3-year-old female. After we got it back, I was so distressed when I found that it had lot of wounds on its body, as it must have got crossing the fences.”
“We will not sell it to anyone else anymore, as camels are intelligent animals,” the woman added. “It will be free for the rest of its life”.
The couple struck a new bargain with the camel’s current owner by offering a younger 3-year-old camel in return for the loyal one.
Over 16 million people have watched the Pear video documenting the loyal camel’s journey through the desert.