- They are warm (they can change their temperature to suit the air temperature) and furry.
- Their bellies slosh when they scratch them.
- They have Attitude – a haughty “couldn’t care less” attitude in fact.
- They moult and their coat falls off in pieces that makes them look ridiculous.
- Their soft feet spread out so they don’t sink in sand and they can lope up and down sand dunes all day (a particularly endearing reason).
- They have two rows of beguiling eyelashes to keep out sand and a bushy eyebrow ridge for shade from the Sun.
- They can close their nostrils to keep sand out.
- They have fur inside their ears to keep sand out.
- They can drink 100 litres of water at a time – that is some serious water love.
- Their humps are full of fat not water – the water is stored all through their bodies.
- Australia’s first camels came from India and Palestine in the 1800’s, with camel drivers coming from Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan.
- Australia is the only place where wild camel herds (numbering 600,000) still exist today.
- Camels move both legs on the one side of their body together, creating the motion of “Ships of the Desert”.
- They gulp their food down without chewing, then regurgitate it later, known as chewing their cud. So Cute!
- Putting on the Park Brake is as easy as tying a rope around a bended knee.
These beautiful Moroccan dromedary camels were our rides into the DUNES OF ERG CHEBBI and are worthy of some serious Fantastic Friday camel love.
P.S. Be Wary – They can spit vile stomach juices when stressed by annoying people or animals, so play nice.
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