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The Hammy Camel, also printed as Present Tense is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, and also mentions Grandma Duck, Daisy Duck and Scrooge McDuck.


Taking advantage of a circus going out of business and selling all its wares, Donald Duck's nephews offer him a camel for Christmas. What seemed like a very nice, if somewhat eccentric, gift soon becomes a burden as it becomes apparent feeding and taking care of a camel won't come cheap. To try and make him worth his while, Donald takes the camel to the desert to prospect for uranium. But a circus beast is ill-suited to such a task…

Behind the scenes

This story was first printed in 1954 in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #160. It was then reprinted in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #352, Donald Duck #289, and, of course, in all versions of the Carl Barks Library.