Herd of 86 camels killed in German farm inferno

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The Independent Online

A fire has destroyed a camel farm in the Black Forest area, killing 86 animals.

The fire broke out early today and, although the farm's 73-year-old owner was able to save five of his camels, the rest were trapped in their stalls and died. Property worth €2m (£1.7m) was destroyed, but the value of the camels is unknown.

It took around 100 firefighters to bring the blaze under control. Experts are still trying to determine the cause, but say there is no immediate sign of arson.

The farm near Stuttgart, which offered camel rides and sold camel milk, had been in operation for decades.