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  Thirsty camels being killed by trains
Updated 13 November 2002, 15.40
Camel and a rail track
Thirsty camels in Australia are being hit by trains because they're straying onto railway lines in search of water.

A drought in the Australian outback means there's not enough food and water for the wild animals.

So camels have been licking the dew off the tracks.

Fact File
Camel facts
There are about 50-60 camels in a herd
Camels first came to Oz in the 19th century
Camels are eaten in Saudi Arabia
Australia has about 500,000
Herds of the animals have been run over by high speed trains on the Trans-Australia railway, which links the east and west coast of the country.

When they see a train coming they run in a straight line, often down the track, so they get knocked down and killed.

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Camel and the sunset
Some parts of the country have not had rain for two years, so camels are moving south towards the coast.

As many as eight of the animals have been killed at once by a single train, and numbers of camels in outback are falling.

People are also worried that hitting a camel could force the train off the tracks.

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