Camel caravan

WHAT IS A CAMEL?

Camels play an important role in Awakening the Beast. Camels are unique animals that survive for  long periods of time without water in the extreme heat of the desert. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia.

Dromedary camel

Dromedary camel

Camels are [a hooved animal with] distinctive fatty deposits [on its back] known as “humps”. [There are two types of camel-] the dromedary, or one-humped camel …of  the Middle East and … Africa; and the bactrian, or two-humped camel … [of] Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, [and hair for cloth]. [They] are working animals with tasks ranging from human transport to bearing loads.

The term “camel” is derived [from a] Hebrew [word [meaning] going without… This refers to [the camel’s] ability to go without food or water …

Bactrian camel

Bactrian camel

The average life expectancy of a camel is 40 to 50 years. A full-grown adult camel stands …[6 ft 1 in] at the shoulder and [7 ft 1 in] at the hump… Camels can run at up to [40 mph] in short bursts and sustain speeds of up to [25 mph].  Bactrian camels weigh [660 to 2,200 lb] and dromedaries [660 to 1,320 lb].

 

 

HOW DO CAMELS SURVIVE IN THE DESERT WITHOUT WATER?

Camels do not directly store water in their humps…The humps are actually reservoirs of fatty tissue. Concentrating body fat in their humps minimizes the [holding in of heat that would happen if the fat was] distributed over  [the body…When this [fat] is [used for energy], it yields more than one gram of water for every gram of fat processed.

Camels [can] withstand long periods of time without any external source of water. [When camels drink, they quickly drink] large amounts of water: a [1,300 lb] camel can drink [53 US gallons] of water in three minutes…

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Camels rarely sweat [but] can withstand losing 25% of their body weight to sweating… most other mammals can [only loose] about 12–14% [of their weight from sweating] before cardiac failure results…

When the camel exhales, water vapor becomes trapped in their nostrils and is reabsorbed into the body …Camels eating green [plants can absorb enough moisture to meet their bodies' need for water without ]drinking.

The camels’ thick coats insulate them from the intense heat radiated from desert sand… During the summer the coat becomes lighter in color [to reflect the sun and] avoid sunburn. The camel’s long legs help by keeping its body farther from the ground, which can heat up to…158 °F.

Racing Camel

Racing Camel

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