TCD MS 10515 folio 101 verso
steps out in long swinging strides and easily kept pace with our infantry. The endurance of the camel is as proverbial as the obstinacy of the mule. An example of the former occurred during the march. From one camp an Arab had to return on his camel with a depatch to the base and, having delivered it to rejoin us as early as possble. The desert here was but partially known and distances were inexact, yet this camel could not have travelled less than 150 miles in 44 hours.
One other animal in our transport column was the Indian bullock. He dragged the ambulance tongas. The less said of him the better. He collapsed early in the grought and head; as a beast of burden in the desert he was a complete failure.