A Caravan of Camels in the Desert
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"The camel has a single hump; The dromedary, two; Or else the other way around. I'm never sure. Are you? " ~ The Camel, Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
Called "ships of the desert," camels are incredibly strong and can carry up to 1000 pounds, walk 100 miles per day and sprint at 12 miles per hour! Camel milk, the Bedouin beverage of choice, is also breaking into the global food market! It is more nutritious than cow milk, with more potassium, more iron, lower in lactose and has three times as much vitamin C! Candy makers from Vienna are even developing a chocolate camel milk for kids. And for a desert dessert, you can even get camel milk ice cream from specialty creameries should you be so inclined!🐫🐪🐫
The Arabian camel or dromedary is the ultimate desert transport and has been a fixture in the desert since ancient times. The animal was first domesticated in Arabia and then taken to North Africa, India, Pakistan and Australia. Most camels today are domesticated. The only wild camels left are the Bactrian camels of the Gobi Desert.
By 1200 BC, the first camel saddles had been developed, and Bactrian camels could be ridden, first for transport and later for military use. Camel cavalries have been used in wars throughout Africa, the Middle East, and into modern-day Border Security Force of India (though as of 2012, they are being replaced with ATVs).
Camels are superbly designed for desert conditions. They can go up to eight days without a drink of water and are able to conserve moisture as they have the ability to raise their body temperatures by 6 °C before they start to sweat.
Camels also store food and can survive on the fat stored in their humps. Long eyelashes provide shade from the sun and keep sand out of the eyes as do closeable nostrils. Not even a sandstorm will stop a camel.
For an amusing video of a woman racing her pet camel that went viral, click the picture of a camel mother and baby.