Moulting hair provides cosy lining!

Our Bactrian camels may be looking a little straggly at the moment, as they begin moulting their thick coat, but this is providing ideal nest lining for some of the site’s native birds!

Keepers have spotted a clever carrion crow, amongst other feathered friends, collecting up the shed hair from the paddock floor.

This hair is able to insulate camels out in the harsh environment of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and China, where temperatures can drop to below -40°c, so there’s nothing much better to make your nest in Dudley all snug and cosy!

Over the next few weeks, you’ll spot our camels eagerly trying to remove the shaggy coat in preparation for the warmer weather, by rubbing themselves against any available doorway, wall or frame!