This week, i found myself in the beautiful middle eastern country of Oman. During my visit, I was lucky enough to come across something i've never imagined myself experiencing in the wild…camels! As we rode along the perfectly paved streets in the middle of nowhere, with streetlights lining the way, and as we wound around the mountains, past the warm blue seas, we were often slowed by the passing of packs of camels.
Finally, we arrived at a Wadi, or a river valley of greenery and fresh water for the camels, cows, and donkeys to drink and eat from. There, I was able to walk among the animals, and sit with them as we watched each other in awe... an experience i will never forget.
Not all of the camels are wild, however. You will often find packs of camels belonging to individuals who will use them for their transportation, milk, or meat. Here is a little bit of proof…a cute little camel riding in the back of a truck =)
After every crazy experience like this, I am always so excited to research a little bit more. So here are some fun facts about camels!
*When a camel feels threatened, it will spit in your face. But in actuality, this spit is...vomit. So if you get close to a camel and see it's cheeks welling up, you may want to back away.
*Dromedary camels have one hump while Bactrian camels have two humps. How do you remember which camel is which? Turn the D and the B on their sides. D= 1 hump. B= 2 Humps.
*Contrary to popular belief, Camels do not store water in their humps. Instead, they store fat deposits from the food that they have eaten. This allows a camel to go a long time without any food. So when the humps begin to get smaller and droop over, it's time for more food!
*Camels have a thin clear eyelid as well as long eyelashes to keep the dust out of their eyes. I was interested in this after experiencing a number of small dust storms while walking amongst the animals in the Wadi. As the dust picked up and i shielded my face, I could see out of the corner of my eyes, the camels, who didn't even wince.
Of course, there are a number of interesting facts about camels, so if you feel moved to find out more, let me know any additional facts that you find interesting!