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Monday 19 March 2018

Is this the way to the Sahara?

Ivan the camel on the seafront in Buncrana
Ivan the camel on the seafront in Buncrana

Greg Harkin

AT first people thought it was a spoof. Pictures of a camel on a Donegal beach appeared to be the ultimate weather joke. But this wasn't a photoshop job.

Four-year-old Ivan does exist – and his owner says he's enjoying hitting the beaches of the county in the heat wave.

"This is the perfect weather for Ivan," said owner Tara Gerbola, from the Gerbola family circus. "We hadn't realised pictures of him were turning him into a bit of an internet sensation."

Ivan was hitting the beach in Falcarragh yesterday. He is pictured here in Buncrana by local man Mark McClafferty.

"I was away for many years and returned home in 2010," said Mark. "Things sure have changed around here."

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