How do you like my new desert boots?

Last updated at 20:02 18 May 2007


It's enough to give any camel the hump - hooves too sore to walk on after a close encounter with a fire.

But, luckily for Goliath, a specialist shoe maker stepped in and custom made him four sturdy boots.

The camel would be more at home in the desert but was on a trek through Europe to raise funds for children's charities when his hooves were hurt in a roadside grass blaze.

As Goliath and his owner Joerg Schmid rested in the town of Bonndorf, southern Germany, locals came to his aid by donating money to have the boots made by specialist firm Wessels.

Mr Schmid said: "As well as the burns, he suffers from a genetic defect common to camels that makes the feet rot. But since he's had the boots, he's been great."

He said Goliath had "loved every minute" of their journey which started from their home in Switzerland.

Now that he is back on his feet, they will soon be heading to Romania on the next leg.

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