Thirty milch camels with their colts
Milch camels were in great esteem in the eastern countries; their
milk being, as Aristotle F25 and Pliny F26 say,
the sweetest of all milk: forty kine and ten
one bull to ten cows; the same proportion as in the goats and
rams: twenty she asses and ten foals;
and supposing thirty colts belonging to the camels; the present
consisted of five hundred and eighty head of cattle: a large
number to spare out of his flocks and herds, that he had acquired
in six years' time; and showed a generous disposition as well as
prudence, to part with so much in order to secure the rest.
F25 Hist. Animal. l. 6. c. 26. F26 Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 41. & 28. 9.