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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Did you know

The humps on a camel's back do not hold water but are actually heaps of fat and flesh and can weigh as much as 80 pounds!
This is why camels can go for as long as two weeks without water.
Here are a few more interesting camel facts:
Camels can produce up to 600 liters of milk a year.
Camels can't close their nostrils.
If a camel is really hungry it will eat anything including people's tents, sandal's and blankets.
Camels can run as fast as a horse, if not faster.
In some countries camels are a source of entertainment......camel fighting attracts audiences of all ages in several countries around the world.
Have you ever rode a camel?


smilnsigh said...

So the fat/flesh must contain water enough...

Poor things can't close their nostrils in all that blowing sand. Yish...

Miss Mari-Nanci
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Lady Di Tn said...

I feel like Forest Gump and your blog is a box of chocolates. You never know what will here until you open it up. Now why in the world were you think of camels. Do you plan on riding one. I have never had the opportunity to ride one. Peace

JeanMac said...

Learned something today - ride a camel? - only an old horse named Bear(!) - that was wild enough for me.

Changes in the wind said...

lady di tn....You made my day:) I love for people to not know what I might post and hopefully be surprised and enjoy. No, I don't intend to ride one soon but I would if I had the opportunity:)

Granny Annie said...

Ditto Lady di tn:-)

Shammickite said...

Camels are rather nasty tempered animals and the smell and they spit.
I got too close to one in Egypt.
Never again.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi a short extract from an interesting piece in Wikepedia
Their mouth is very sturdy, able to chew thorny desert plants. Long eyelashes and ear hairs, together with sealable nostrils, form a barrier against sand. Their gait and their widened feet help them move without sinking into the sand.
The kidneys and intestines of a camel are very efficient at retaining water. Urine comes out as a thick syrup, and their feces are so dry that they can fuel fires.[citation needed]

Changes in the wind said...

Thanks bigbikerbob for the extra interesting facts:)

Ming the Merciless said...

Being a city boy, all it took was the smell of a camel to make me NOT want to ride one.

I saw a single hump camel at the based of the Great Wall of China in Beijing last year when I went there for vacation. And yes, it smells!!