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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

We Wish You a Merry Camel!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Nothing says Christmas like a pair of plastinated camels from Kazakhstan -- the St. Louis Science Center’s gift to the region this year!


The mama and baby -- dromedaries, to be precise -- were unveiled last week at the science center’s Body Worlds 3 exhibit. We haven’t seen them yet, but we hear they are large and in charge. Chris Files, flack for the Oakland Avenue institution, fed our fancy with a few more details….

Unreal: Have other cities shown dromedaries as part of Body Worlds?

Chris Files: Yes. These camels have been other places. There’s also a horse in another locale, with a rider.

What’s a dromedary again?

It’s got one hump.

And how big are the camels?

I’m venturing to guess fourteen feet long. If you visit the exhibit, you’re not going to miss the camels.

What’s the reaction from PETA?

None so far. Stand by.

Tell us: Why camels? Why now?

It’s a pretty common strategy, if you will, in the exhibition business to install something new mid-run. It re-generates interest in an exhibit that has been open for a while. It gives people who’ve already been, a reason to come back, and people who haven’t been, a reason to come now. Why camels? Because when you’re already showing plastinated human bodies and organs, what are you going to show people that will surprise them or interest them enough to get them back to the exhibit? The answer is camels.

Not asses.

We already show those.

Is there any frankincense or myrrh in the camel display?

There is no frankincense or myrrh. We already had a reaction from the [St. Louis] archdiocese [back in August]. There’s no need to taunt.



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