Camels

This is another picture guided essay.

In collaboration with Darren C. (9 years old)

Image credit: bbc.co.uk

 

I have never seen a live camel but I often see them on television shows.  They are always depicted as a train of camels travelling across the desert in a single line.  These creatures of the desert are big.  They all have a hump on their backs though some camels have two humps.  A hump is a giant mound of fat that acts as a food store.  It provides an emergency food supply to the camel in times of need.

Camels can go without water and food for long periods during their journeys.  When food is scarce, the fat in the humps breaks down to supply nourishment to the camels.  A thirsty camel drinks a lot when there is water.  It can consume 100 to 15o litres of water at one given time.

The nomads use camels to help them travel from place to place because they are the only animals well-suited to the harsh conditions in the desert.  The camels have thick, leathery pads on their feet that allow them to walk easily on the hot sand.  Unlike horses, camels will not sink into the sand as their feet are wide and flat.  While a horse might get stuck in the sand, this “ship of the desert” completes its journey with relative ease.

 

Camels in the desert near Douz in Tunisia

Camels in the desert near Douz in Tunisia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Just a female who has time to do a bit of pondering and musing. Otherwise, I am on an interesting journey down the path to being a senior citizen.
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