About 10,000 Camels Are Being Shot Dead In Australia Because They Drink A Lot Of Water

A five-day cull began on Wednesday, 8 January.

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Drought conditions have become so bad that South Australia has decided to shoot dead up to 10,000 camels, which are desperate for water

A five-day cull began on Wednesday, 8 January, after complaints that herds of camels were disrupting rural communities in search of water.

South Australia's Aboriginal officials approved the cull stating that the animals had been "damaging infrastructure, and creating a dangerous hazard for drivers", BBC reported.

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The cull is being carried out by professional shooters in helicopters.

Dead camels are then buried or burnt where possible or left where they fall in more remote areas.

Most of the country has been hit with extremely high temperatures, especially at New South Wales where bush fires have blanketed the cities in smoke and killed at least a billion wildlife

"We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because all the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get to water through air conditioners," one resident said, according to a statement by APY Lands.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) region is a sparsely populated remote area in South Australia, with only 2,300 people.

According to The Australian, the cull decision was met with resistance by Christian Aboriginal communities, who see camels as sacred because of their Biblical relation.

Camels are not the only creatures suffering in Australia right now, as many animals have been seen desperately approaching humans for water

Last month, a video went viral showing koala chugging water from a cyclist.

Other videos have shown kangaroos and koalas being fed water by those trying to put out the recent bush fires.

Here are more updates about the recent bush fire crisis: