The Desert Vet: How a City Boy Became a Bedouin Nomad and Spent Thirty Years Caring for a Menagerie of Camels and Other Exotic Creatures By Alex Tinson
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‘I am at home with camels. Where others see a dirty, filthy, smelling, kicking beast, I see a thing of pure anatomical beauty, an intelligent and graceful creature… Because of camels I have built a life I never imagined possible. And all this happened because I decided to say yes to adventure whenever it came my way.’
When Sydney-born vet Alex Tinson was literally plucked from the Australian outback to become chief vet in charge of the United Arab Emirates President’s racing camels, he was given a mission: to make the President’s camels the best in the UAE and, indeed, all of Arabia. Thirty years later he is still there, having become the world’s leading camel vet while caring for a menagerie of unusual animals along the way.
But this is more than a story about camels and monkeys, spiders and snakes, and all sorts of other exotic creatures. It is also about crossing boundaries of race and religion to create a life full of possibility, of being introduced to the reclusive world of the Gulf Royal families and of sharing the rich lives of Alex’s Bedouin family and friends.
Warm and generous, intriguing and compelling, The Desert Vet takes us to a place few have entered before.
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