I had to read this article a few times before I had all the facts. I admit it, I kept laughing at the thought of a camel upside down in a hole, with the prospector still on its back. Can you imagine what he was thinking once he realized the camel wasn’t budging? What was the poor camel thinking?!
I know that the camel didn’t have a very good outcome in this little tale but Phillip Hamel was the luckiest person ever. What are the chances of even being seen by the group of Aboriginals in the first place? I suppose that the sight of some camel legs waving around in the air would be sufficiently unusual that you would want a closer look. Outback Australia is a BIG place though, it is amazing that they came across him at all.
The most unpleasant part of the tale is the fact that they cut a hole through the camel to see if the prospector was still alive, then Gillies climbed through it to save him. Yuck. I know there wasn’t much choice but if I had been that blokes only hope I think he might still be there.