Double-humped camels will now be used for transportation and patrolling by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh’s treacherous terrain. This plan originally from three years ago will come into effect amid the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Areas like Daulat Beg Oldie or DBO and Depsang where these camels will be deployed at more than 17,000 feet are among locations where armies of both countries have mobilized in great numbers.
The animal is also known as Bactrian camel and is found in the Nubra valley of Ladakh at heights of over 12,000 feet. It is natural for the terrain. These camels are being reared at the defence institute of high altitude research in Leh by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Among those reared and trained is young Rangoli, a female camel born to Chinku and Tinku as part of the breeding programme undertaken by the institute in Leh.
After carrying out trials and doing a comparative study with a single-humped camel brought from Rajasthan, it was found that the double-humped camel is better suited for the task at hand.