The camel is a large animal. It has very tall legs and a long neck. It has a high hump. It does not look so beautiful.
It can walk and run easily in the desert. This is why the camel is called the ship of the desert.
In the desert, people feed camels with grass, grains wheat and oats. When camels are traveling in the desert, food is often very hard to find.
So the animal might have to live on dried leaves, seeds, and thorny twigs (without hurting their mouths). If there is not any regular food, camels will eat anything, leather, even their owner’s tent.
It has a very big bag in his stomach. It stores water and food in the hump. So it can stay without water and food for many days. Its feet are padded. These pads help him in walking or running on the sand.
Camels are ruminants but camels do not chew their food very well before swallowing. The first stomach store the food that is not completely chewed. Later, this food returns to the camel’s mouth and the camel chews it again.
Then the camel swallows the cud and it goes to the other parts of the stomach to be completely digested.
A camel can tell of coming sand-storm. It can warn man of a possible storm. The camels from Arabia have one hump. The Bactrian camels have two humps.
A camel is a very useful animal. It carries the load and draws carts. It is used for plowing the field and drawing water.