uncomplaining and in many ways remarkable animal. So here's a short story about "nature's true nomads" :)
Perhaps nowhere else on earth is more associated with the camel than the Arabian Peninsula.The camel has played such an important role in Arab culture that there are over 160 words for "camel" in the Arabic language!
|Taken at Sakara Area, Giza, Egypt—a love story between the man and his camel|
Arabian camels, also known as dromedaries, have only one hump, but they employ it to great effect. The hump stores up to 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of fat, which a camel can break down into water and energy when sustenance is not available. These humps give camels their legendary ability to travel up to 100 desert miles (161 kilometers) without water. Camels rarely sweat, even in desert temperatures that reach 120°F (49°C), so when they do take in fluids they can conserve them for long periods of time. In winter, even desert plants may hold enough moisture to allow a camel to live without water for several weeks. When camels do refill, however, they soak up water like a sponge. A very thirsty animal can drink 30 gallons (135 liters) of water in only 13 minutes. Camels prefer to walk; however, they can run at a speed of 10-20 mph (16-32 kph). They have excellent eyesight and smell, which can make wild camels hard to approach.
Arabian camels have been domesticated for approximately 3,500 years and have been long valued as pack animals. They can carry large loads for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers) a day. Today, nearly all of the world's camels are domestic animals.
|Young Bedouin boys represent their tribes racing camels in this annual event north of Dahab, Sinai, Egypt. Ten thousand Egyptian pounds in prize money await the winner. Camels are entered according to age and ability, the final seeing racing camels valued at 20,000 Egyptian pounds and the running of a 16-kilometer desert race.|
|Egyptian boy and his camels, Dahab, Egypt|