The Camelce is a curious hybrid of the American elk and the Asiatic camel, created when camels imported by the U.S. government for use as pack animals in the Arizona desert got loose and mated with elks in the wild. The existence of this creature was first reported in an 1875 New York Herald article about the Newton-Jenney expedition to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Correspondent R.B. Davenport noted discovering a large skeleton that looked to him like the skeleton of a bull elk, but he was later corrected by the scout "California Joe" who identified the bones as those of a Camelce. Said California Joe (as quoted by Davenport): "Well, sir, I reckon that there must be the bones of one of them camelces I's'eerd so much about. You see, a good many year ago the guv'ment decided to use camels for packin' supplies down in the deserts of Arizony. Some of the females escaped and, feelin' sorta lonely, they joined up with a elk herd. It wasn't long before they was matin' with the bull elks and the result was somethin' that was half-camel and half-elk. Dog-gonedest animal I ever seed ... "

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Result: a Camelce
Posted by #1F  in  NNVA  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  06:36 PM
Some cmels got loose
Mated with the native elk
Had very odd kids
Posted by J  on  Sat Nov 25, 2006  at  12:43 AM
Sorry that should be camels
Posted by J  on  Sat Nov 25, 2006  at  12:44 AM
Um, somebody has to make mention. The image of the animal is missing from this page!! Please fix thanks! Vancouver Traffic
Posted by gman  in  pluto  on  Thu Jan 15, 2009  at  10:26 PM
Just to add, I think that people making comments here must be under the influence. Drunk? Very bizarre none the less. Battlefield Heroes
Posted by drunk  on  Thu Jan 15, 2009  at  10:59 PM
They are also known as Camelks...As mentioned by Moses Milner in his book "California Joe."
Posted by SD History Teacher  on  Tue Oct 02, 2012  at  09:34 AM