Camel ‘Appu’ turns star in this farm at Pandalam
Pathanamthitta: A camel named Appu has been alluring all to Nandana farm at Pandalam here. Chikku Nandana, the owner of the farm, purchased the 1.5-year-old camel from Rajasthan. Appu is now being trained to board a vehicle and alight from it. Chikku’s farm is also popular for Adhisankaran, a horse that acted in movies.
“Taking care of Appu is not an easy task. Special attention should be paid while looking after the camel. Its nose should be pierced at the age of 2. This is necessary to control the camel. Grown-up camels will behave like elephants. It will have a musth period during June and July. So those who are taking care of the camel must be very careful during this period,” said Chikku.
Vijayan, Akhil and Unni are the workers in the farm. They are trained to rear camel and horse. Chikku brought Appu from Rajasthan after facing many issues.
“Appu was taken to Thiruvananthapuram in a specially arranged vehicle. From there, he was taken to a trainer named Shafi in Kollam. After a month-long training, Appu became comfortable with Kerala’s climate,” revealed Chikku.
Curry leaves, cottonseed cake, corn and bran are included in Appu’s diet. A special shed also was constructed for Appu at the farm. After spreading beach sand on the floor, the shed was constructed assuring proper sunlight from four sides.
A special arrangement is made to block rainwater from entering the shed. Camels will develop skin disease if exposed to rainwater.
Apart from camel and horse, emu bird, turkey bird, guineafowls, love birds and doves are the other attractions in the farm.