Edmond Boys Welcome Baby Camel

Monday, February 16th 2009, 12:42 am
By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- While most people were busy catching the half-time show during the Super Bowl, youngsters at Boys Ranch Town in Edmond were welcoming their newest resident, humps and all.

He's still a little wobbly in the knees, but what can you expect from a two week old camel? Chris Cates was one of the first to meet the newest boy at Boys Ranch Town.

"It was in the third quarter and the Cardinals just scored when we came down here," Cates said.

After much anticipation, the baby camel was born during half-time, moments the boys will never forget.

"We were waiting and waiting, they kept saying it was going to be born and it wasn't, and then it was finally born on Super Bowl night," Chris Shultz said.

It didn't take them long to give him a name.

"We were like whoever wins the Super Bowl, we'll name it that," Cates said.

Steeler's first days were rough, but all the boys pitched in with around-the-clock feedings and prayers to give the baby camel his strength.

"He's like an ox now. You try to handle him, he's a pretty stout little camel," campus administrator Brent Thackerson said.

The birth of Steeler brings the camel count at Boys Ranch Town to three. The camels are part of the live nativity scene the ranch holds for the community every December.