And lastly, The Camels

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The Dromedary Camel is an ‘Old World Camel’.

It is estimated that the dromedary camel has been domesticated for perhaps 6000 years and has shaped the civilization of the entire world.

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Camels are very specialized animals. Their famous humps are stores not of water, but of fat, and can sustain them without water for as long as a month in the harshest desert conditions. They stand over 5 ft at the top of the head and weigh nearly 800 pounds.

They maintain themselves in conditions that would kill nearly any other creature, with specialized expanding feet and lips that can chew thorns and even specially shaped blood cells.

 They have a third, clear eyelid that protects their eyes from blowing sand. Two rows of long lashes also protect their eyes. Sand up the nose can be a problem, but not for camels, they can shut their nostrils during sand storms.

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The red blood cells of camels are not circular but oval shaped – unlike any other mammal on earth. The theory is that the oval shape allows blood to continue to circulate even if it is thickened from lack of hydration.

When resources are scarce and a camel is living off the fat of its hump, the hump slowly deflates, and may even flop over as the contents are depleted. And when a thirsty camel finally arrives at a water source it can easily drink up to 40 gallons in a matter of minutes.

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Camels like to stay together in groups called herds. The herds are led by a dominant male, while many of the other males form their own herd called a bachelor herd. Camels are very social and like to greet each other by blowing in each other’s faces.

Humans have used camels as a means of transport for thousands of years. They can carry about 375 to 600 lbs. on their backs. This earned these beasts of burden a nickname, “ships of the desert.” Domestic camels are often the main source of meat, milk and even leather or wool products.

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After a gestation of 12 to 14 months, a mother camel will find a private spot to have her young. Female camels usually only have one baby, but sometimes camels have twins.

Baby camels are called calves. The newborn calf is able to walk within 30 minutes, though the two won’t rejoin the herd until around two weeks later. Camels become fully mature when they are 7 years old and live to be about 17 years old.

Camels can run at 25 mph for long periods. If their owner is in a hurry, they can kick their speed up to 40 mph.

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Camels are known for spitting on people. In fact, the animals are throwing up the contents of their stomach along with their spit. This is a defense tactic when the animals feel threatened.

The large beasts make a variety of moans, groans and deep, throaty bellows. One of the camel’s noises was even used to voice the character Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies.

all the above from google

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The above photo was another group that joined us at camp that night.  This group knew how to have fun! At night, around the camp fire, they were a hootin’ and a hollerin’.  Next thing I knew I was right in the middle of it all, dancing under the stars in the Sahara Desert with a group of Arabs!  My pal Cathy also joined in,  the two from Chicago …

And let me remind you …. it is against the Muslim religion to drink.  Yep, they were having a grand ole’ time stone sober. 

Hmmm, no alcohol???  two weeks ?? Well, we did manage to hit a couple stores that sold beer and wine.  We purchased our wine and drank it with our meals.  However, to imbibe we had to hide our bottle under the table and refill our glasses down there too.  One time we used coffee cups as our vessel …  This only added to fun.

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I loved this country and it’s people, Morocco was unlike anywhere I have ever been, truly an eye opener.   Thank you Digital Photo Mentor and Danny for a great time! And to Ali our incredible guide …. !    www.digitalphotomentor.com

11 thoughts on “And lastly, The Camels

  1. I was wondering to whom Chewbacca was related! Is that walk like an Egyptian I hear in the background? Cool pics — most people love strange animals, and you have captured them magnificently!

  2. michelle your photos are stunning. absolutely photos that would be desirable to many many people. your talent should be shown elsewhere besides this post. get these in a gallery. !
    love learning the history you provide also!

  3. These are so beautiful! The photos I saw this weekend in those books blew my mind too. You are so talented!

  4. Beautiful photos! Interesting story about the camels. Never would have guessed Chewy had the voice of a camel.

  5. Michelle, another lovely adventure, I loved the info given on the camels, anyone would have fun with you on the trip!

  6. Well I learned alot today, thank you for always educating me and pleasing me with your words and lense.

  7. you have written a fascinating story indeed. I would like to add something from my experience with the camels.
    1. The camel can live naturally, more than 25 years. It can reach to the age of 45 if keeping well.
    2. Camel can take more weight. I have done an experiment with the transport camels, they can take up to 600 KG for a medium distance. In the cart they even can traction a weight up to 6 ton.
    3. The camel matures at the age of 8 years. But they can breed at the age of 3 and 4 year, the male and female respectively.
    4. Better we use the terminology that evolved by the camel keepers (beduins) since thousands of years as; not calf but Gaood (male), Bakra (female). She camel better call Naqa.
    https://camel4all.blog/2015/06/15/camel-terminology-needs-to-re-establish/

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