Camel-counting season underway in Sweden

Round up your camels, alpacas, llamas, dromedaries and yaks: the Swedish Board of Agriculture is conducting a census of curious beasts.

All municipalities in Sweden have been asked to count their even-toed ungulates and yaks following an increase in the number of people importing these animals.

The Board of Agriculture is interested in finding out the quantity of such creatures in the country as well as the nature of their stay here.

Do they, for example, share pastures with animals more common to Sweden, such as sheep and cattle? And, if so, is there any risk of disease?

“We are mainly doing this because we want to avoid diseases likes tuberculosis spreading to other animals, such as cows for instance,” spokeswoman Anna Olsson told The Local.