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Five interesting facts about Camels

Camels are certainly unique looking creatures, but there are many characteristics other than their appearance that are quite fascinating.  Here are five interesting facts about camels, from     

1. Camels have adapted in many ways to living in a harsh desert environment.  For instance, they have three eyelids and two sets of eyelashes to keep blowing sand and dust out of their eyes.  They can also close their nostrils if necessary to keep the dust out.  Their feet are large and flat, which keeps them from sinking into the sand.  

2.  There are actually two different types of camel in the world; the Bactrian camel (Asian camel) and the Dromedary camel (Arabian camel).  The Bactrian camel has two humps while the more common Arabian has one.  The Bactrian is the only wild camel left in the world, with only around 950 remaining in the wild.  All other camels are considered domesticated.

3.  Although a lot people think the hump of a camel holds water, it actually holds fat stores.  The fat releases both energy and water when it is needed.  Since the fat is all stored in one place, it makes it easier for the camel to stay cool in the intense desert heat, since the insulating fat is not covering the rest of its body.  

4.  When a camel reaches a water source, they can drink as much as 30 gallons in 13 minutes.  The camel rehydrates faster than any other mammal in the world.  

5.  Camel's milk is surprisingly nutritious.  It contains triple the amount of vitamin C and ten times more iron than cow's milk.  It is closer to human milk than any other type.  

Story by Wes Callison, Tucson News Now

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    Leslie Herzog says #
    I think there is a typo in the 5 camel facts: should be Bactrian has 2 humps and dromedary has 1 hump (with an undersized hump at

Article by By Kim Briggeman of the Missoulian

Look out your window.

Imagine, if you will, the impudent nose of a humpty-back camel passing by on the road.

Then another. And another, each animal loaded neck to tail with half a ton of sacks filled with flour and casks filled with nails.

The shock value is delicious, but it was not an uncommon experience along the Mullan Trail 150 years ago in Montana.

Ellen Baumler has studied what there is to study about the Great Camel Experiment that started in the territory in 1865 and petered out the next year. Turns out other pack animals didn’t like the smell of the dromedaries – and vice versa.

“It’s weird, because the newspapers of the day don’t really say very much about it,” said Baumler, a prolific Montana author, blogger and interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society. “There are only about three or four mentions of camels at all in the Montana Post. You'd think it's something they’d talk about a lot.”

Baumler will be talking about it on Saturday when the annual Mullan Road Conference returns to Fort Benton.

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By Polly Mosendz on April 11, 2015

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