This England

Here’s an uncharacteristically patriotic post (and the football match earlier today was a cracker, wasn’t it?). From the BBC, discussing the Lord Mayor’s parade:

Lady Chichester’s Bactrian camel Therese also took part, after undergoing special training to cope with crowds and noise on the parade ground at Tidworth, Wiltshire.

And here she is (Therese, that is; I’m not sure who the other person is; conceivably that’s Lady Chichester, but I doubt it).UPDATE [2 minutes later]: There’s more here, and the official-looking press release for the LM’s S has this:

One of the most unusual participants in this year’s Show is Bactrian camel, Therese. The six-year-old, who lives in Wiltshire with 17 alpacas and Larry the llama, is eagerly looking forward to strutting her stuff on the streets of London – a far cry from her ancestors in Outer Mongolia.She is probably the world’s only camel who is skilled in both dressage and show-jumping – so a brisk walk through the city shouldn’t pose too many problems for Therese. The last camel to appear in the Lord Mayor’s Show was 400 years ago for Elizabeth I and it drew crowds from all over England who had never seen such an animal, but it’s safe to say that Therese will revel in the attention.

OK. That’s enough about Therese the camel. Good to hear that she lives with seventeen alpacas and a llama.

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