- 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.
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P.S. Be Wary – They can spit vile stomach juices when stressed by annoying people or animals, so play nice.
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Michele @ Malaysian Meanders
I want to ride one someday!
Riding them on flat ground would be O.K., but up and down sand dunes can be scary!
This is a delightful post that makes me smile. 🙂 I’ve only seen camels from afar, never ridden one. I hope to do that one day. 🙂
I love their big eyes and eyelashes and how they are warm to touch.
Very interesting facts on the camel. I have been on a camel once and have to say its an fascinating experience. Didn’t know that they could drink 100 litres of water at one time.
I hope you didn’t have to go up and down sand dunes, Shalu Sharma. They are lovely animals.
Thanking you for sharing about Camels – I read this blog post to Kyle….he thought it was so FUNNY! I kept asking him (after saying each reason) “Are You a Camel”.
He kept shaking his head and laughing!
Camels sure are graceful they way they move, and the way they look.
Sometimes I wonder if readers think such posts are strange. Glad Kyle enjoyed it. Love Camels!
I didn’t realize you have camels in Australia. Interesting facts about camels – almost all are new to me!