x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Long memories

Take it from a man who knows, it's the camel, not the elephant, that never forgets.

A person who has a memory like an elephant is said to have superior powers of recall, but should that phrase really involve an Arabian camel rather than the world's largest land animal? Certainly Ali Al Ameri might countenance that alternative point of view.

As The National reported yesterday, Mr Al Ameri is a prominent animal psychologist who makes his living by training problem horses.

He will showcase his talents at next month's Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition where he will perform a range of horse-riding stunts.

When not turning bad horses into something better, Mr Al Ameri also works with falcons, goats and camels and is in no doubt about how long the latter's memory lasts, particularly once riled.

"Camels think a lot and they remember everything," he said, before expounding on the perils of crossing a dromedary.

"If you hurt a camel he will never forget you and he will do his best to get you. And eventually, if he can, he will kill you."

Chilling words and ones perhaps that explain why "getting the hump" is such a terrible predicament.