WASHINGTON — On the hunt for the elusive and elusive camel, a New York man has posted an ad on Craigslist, asking for help finding a camel he found abandoned in a field.
The ad, which has since been deleted, asks for help locating a black camel named “Dalek” who was last seen on Craigslist in an area in New York’s Catskill Mountains near Syracuse.
Dalecks black coat was found covered in feces.
“Dalak” was described as having “a thin white nose with a thin white stripe on his forehead, a black face, and brown eyes.
He was about 3 1/2 years old and weighed about 55 pounds.”
The man also claims to have “several pieces of black cloth from the back of the saddle” that he believes belong to the animal.
The Craigslist ad, a picture of a black and white camel with a white nose, has since gone viral on the internet.
In the ad, the man describes the camel as “white, skinny, with a black coat, and no markings.”
“I found him with no clothes and he had his legs in the grass, with his mouth open,” the ad reads.
“His tail was hanging in the air.”
The seller claims that the camel was about 6 to 8 feet long and weighed between 100 to 200 pounds.
While the seller claims to be a retired professional, the animal’s description makes it appear that the owner is a college student.
He describes Dalek as “very healthy and in good health.”
In an email to The Associated Press, the seller, who identified himself only as “A.J.,” said he has been looking for Dalek for about three months.
The seller, in a separate email to ABC News, said Dalek has not been seen in several weeks and that he did not want to be identified.
“I have not seen him for several months,” the seller said.
A spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the agency has contacted Dalek’s owners and is working to get the camel returned.
The Associated Press is not naming Dalek because he is a protected species.
The AP also contacted the seller’s family in New Mexico.
They did not respond to messages left on their cellphones.