Donít Fool Around
think of a camel as an obedient beast of burden, because it is
best known for its ability to carry heavy loads across vast
stretches of desert without requiring water. In reality, the
camel is considerably more than just the Arabian equivalent of
the mule. It also possesses a great amount of intelligence and
assert that camels are so acutely aware of injustice and ill
treatment that a camel owner who punishes one of the beasts too
harshly finds it difficult to escape the camelís vengeance.
Apparently, the animal will remember an injury and wait for an
opportunity to get revenge.
In order to
protect themselves from the vengeful beast, Arabian camel
drivers have learned to trick their camels into believing they
have achieved revenge. When an Arab realizes that he has
excited a camelís rage, he places his own garments on the ground
in the animalís path. He arranges the clothing so that it
appears to cover a manís body. When the camel recognizes its
masterís clothing on the ground, it seizes the pile with its
teeth, shakes the garments violently and tramples on them in a
frenzy. Eventually, after its anger has subsided, the camel
departs, assuming its revenge is complete. Only then does the
owner of the garments come out of hiding, safe for the time
being, thanks to this clever ruse.
from: Pauk, Walter. Six-Way Paragraphs. Illinois:
Jamestown Publishers, 1983.