Watch: Camel Saves Lada 4x4 From Russian Snow Drift

No, you aren’t tripping – this really is footage of a stranded Russian driver utilizing camel power to free his Lada Niva from a tricky situation

The desert-dwelling camel wouldn’t be your first choice to call upon when marooned in the southern Volga region of Saratov, Russia. Yet, a video posted to social media proves that it should be.

Although there is no information on how the Lada 4x4 came to find itself stuck in such a snow drift, footage shows a two-humped camel pulling the white Lada Niva free from an area where other motorised vehicles would struggle to reach.

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The camel’s wrangler can be heard calling out instructions as the cameraman expresses utmost surprise at the animal’s grunt. Reportedly filmed within the Kumysnaya Polyana nature park, the 20-second footage left us with a burning question. How powerful is a camel?

"The Camel’s owner gives children rides near the circus," the video’s unnamed creator told the nversia.ru website on Thursday. Yet beneath that playful mantra, clearly lurks the strength of a low-range gearbox.

Estimated power is impossible to say, but judging by Nissan’s new format for demonstrating off-road prowess in the Arabian desert, we’d say a Camel is far stronger than your common horse. It clearly has low-down toque, too.

Nissan lists power output for its Middle-Eastern 4x4 range in ‘Camel Power’, rather than the traditional BHP reading as ‘Horse Power’ isn’t deemed good enough to showcase a vehicle’s abilities in the sand.

According to Lada’s official figures, the off-road Niva churns out 61bhp at 5000rpm, with torque peaking at 129 nm on the 4000rpm barrier. It also claims a top speed of 142km/h and zero to 100km/h sprint time of 17 seconds. Still, it’s no match clearly for a camel…

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