12 Fascinating Facts About Camels
Camels are the true queens of desert because in extreme living conditions they manage to provide easier and healthy life to humans.
Camel is amazing desert animal know as a “desert ship”, which is quite justified, because as the ship builds itself to overcome all the difficulties it may have on the water, the camel is “built” to live, survive, and overcome enormous distances in the vast desert.
Most of the big animals can not live in such scarce places because they need large amounts of water and food. Camels can take this advantage as a survival strategy.
Read the most fascinating facts about camels…
Fact: Dromedary camel, without water and food in difficult desert conditions, can survive for up to 12 days thanks to 40-50 liters of fatty tissue in the hump. Inside hump, the metabolic degradation releases the water used by body cells.
Fact: The camel can drink up to 150 litres of water at once, and the possibility of thirst quenching with sweet, bottled or seawater is a unique physiological adjustment among mammals.
Fact: They can survive even when they lose 40% of their body weight, which consists of water.
Fact: Camel milk strengthens the immune system. Because it contains high insulin concentrations, it is successfully used in the treatment of diabetes, and due to the high concentration of lactoferin that have antimicrobial properties, it is also used in the treatment of intestinal diseases. Because of the very low concentration of allergens, it does not cause allergic reactions.
Fact: Bactrian camels have blood sugar levels twice as high as other animals with the same dietary habits and their daily salt intake is eight times greater than the typical intake of cows or sheep.
Fact: Camles will not start to sweat unless their body temperature reaches 42 degrees Celsius. Likewise, no “heating mechanisms” in the cams are activated in colder nights unless the temperature of the body reaches 34 degrees.
Fact: The urine of camel comes out as a dense syrup, and feces was so dry that it can burn like wood.
Fact: The long neck gives a similar advantage as to the giraffe, enabling them to eat from the trees. Like a giraffe, camel often feeds on thorny acacia trees species that is commonly in the Africa.
Fact: Long eyelashes keep the eyes of the camel during the sandstorm, which allows the camel to continue its journey where other animals are blinded and should stop.
Fact: Caravan camels – a mode of transportation that has not changed since Abraham’s time – are still common in the African area of Sahel-Sahara. Nomadic tribes are very dependent on their camels, which for their lifestyle are still as significant as in the past millennia.
Fact: Caravans travel an average of 40 kilometers per day. But, if necessary, some camels can cross 160 kilometers in one day.
Fact: It is estimated that as many as 1,000,000 camels live in deserts in central Australia, and some say that number will be doubled for the next nine years. These animals were first brought to Australia in 1840 from India and the Arabian Peninsula to help people cross the desert.