Thursday, March 17, 2011

Camels

I know it is silly, but, someday I would like to own a camel (or two).
I love camels, I think that they are a very majestic and beautiful animal.
There are two types of camels, the bactrian and the dromedary.
The bactrian has two humps,
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And the dromedary has one,
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The way I remember the difference is, the -B-actrian and the -D-romedary. See how the first letter resembles what there humps look like! The camel is one of the worlds hardiest domesticated animals.
They walk on their toes much like a woman wearing a pair of high heels. But, instead of a heel, a camel has a ball of fat that helps form the soft pad on the bottom of its foot. This pad supports the animal on the sand like a pair of snowshoes, and makes the camel almost completely silent when it walks and runs. Camels prefer to walk; however, they can sustain running speeds of 20 mph, but reach 45 mph in short bursts.
They have excellent eyesight and smell, which can make wild camels hard to approach.
Camels get most of their water from the plants that they eat. If food is available, they can go up to 10 months without drinking water. When water is available, they can drink up to 25 gallons at once
I prefer the bactrian camel,
An adult Bactrian camel stands 6-7 ft. high at the shoulders. From the tip of their nose to their tail is 10 ft. plus they're tail length of 20 in.
An adult camel weighs 1300-2200 lbs. The two humps of fat on a Bactrian camel weigh about 70 lbs. each and create a natural saddle for the rider.
A Bactrian camel can carry a load of up to 600 pounds over rough terrain at about 35 miles per day.
Their thick fur allows them to survive temperatures from -16*F to 120*F!
Bactrian camels breed in February.
 After a 13-month gestation period, the female gives birth to a single calf.
The calves nurse for 1-1 ½ years.
Young males are driven away from the herd when they are about 2 years old. They will join bachelor herds or live alone. Young females stay with their mother’s herd. The calves are full-grown when they are about 5 years old. They can live 30-50 years in captivity.

Female= Cow
Male= Bull
Baby=Calf

I always love the Wrinkle Knee Camel; from the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories.
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What will is do with my camel? Well, the fiber can be spun into yarn and used for almost anything, it's only two microns more than cashmere; making it a luxury yarn at an affordable price. You get 5 pounds of fiber annually. 
I will also teach my camel to be ridden....but mainly, I want a camel to own a camel.
Happy St. Patrick's Day,
Your Country Rose,
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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