Iran backs its camels with cash

The government now offers insurance for the valuable beasts.

Published May 15, 2000 4:00PM (EDT)

Everybody knows the value of camels. They can plod long distances in thick, scorching sand with small households between their hairy humps. They can spit with power and precision, hitting enemies right between the eyes. As their owner's best friend, they're well worth the good money they cost.

Unfortunately, camels also are susceptible to a whole list of calamities: flash floods, bites from poisonous vipers, even collisions with cars. Consequently, the Iranian government has decided to extend insurance coverage to the long-lashed beasts of burden.

According to a Reuters report, insurance will be available to cover camels in the country's southwest province of Khuzestan, home to approximately 7,000 of the humped mammals. The cost of premiums will be divided between camel owners and the government, with higher premiums and payouts for older camels that are not as spry as they used to be.

So what can a camel be covered for? In addition to the usual suspects, they're also protected against earthquakes and thunder.


By J.A. Getzlaff

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