Ungulates are hoofed animals. Most terrestrial ungulates use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their whole body weight while moving. Even-toed Ungulates like cattle, pigs, giraffes, camel, deer and hippopotamuses have even number of functional toes on each foot where as Odd-toed ungulates like horses and rhinoceroses have an odd number of functional toes on each foot.
TRIUMPH WITH A HUMP – OOPS! TWO HUMPS
- Camels’ humps store fat and also help the rest of their body to stay cool. When needed, the fat will be converted to food or water.
- The word ‘camel’ comes from an Arabic word: ǧml. literally meaning “beautiful”.
- Camels can drink as much as 40 gallons of water at once. Considering it’s not being stored in their humps, that’s pretty amazing.
- Arabian camels have one hump whereas Asian camels have two.
- Camels are very social, even though they might seem extremely laid-back and slow. In the wild, they travel in groups of thirty or more when looking for food.
- Camels will not damage their mouths if they eat thorny twigs and other items which might cause injury to other animals.
- There are more than 14 million camels in the world – most of them live in the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
- In Turkey, a camel wrestling event takes place every January.
- Ever wondered why a camel’s mouth seems to be split into two? This helps them to graze and eat their food more effectively.
- In Middle Eastern countries, many people eat camel and consider it a delicacy. The hump is apparently the best part, and young camels are considered to be tastier than the older animals.
- A camel’s nostrils retain water vapour which can be returned to the body when necessary, but they can also be closed if there is too much sand or wind is blowing.
- Camels spit if they feel threatened.
- Wild Bactrians are the only type of camels which have never been tamed or domesticated. They live in the wastelands of Eastern Asia and are incredibly tough creatures. However, they are less than a thousand of them left on the earth.
- The world’s largest meal included a roasted camel. It was served at an Arabic wedding feast.
- If you visit Abu Dhabi, you’ll be able to pick up a camel milkshake – made with real camel milk. The milk has loads more Vitamin C and iron than cows’ milk, and is very good for you. It is used in Kazakhstan to help treat illnesses, such as tuberculosis.
- The Camel Mobile Library provides people in Kenya with literature. Camels are used to take books to areas which would not otherwise have access to a library.
- Llamas look a lot like camels, the main difference is that camels are much larger in size and will always have at least one hump, whereas llamas have no hump.
- Camels aren’t as slow as they look – they can run up to speeds of 40mph. However, they cannot maintain this for very long, but can comfortably move at up to 25mph.
- The only time you will see a camel without a hump is when it is first born. Once the baby camel is old enough to eat solids, the hump (or humps) will start growing.
- The Pushkar Camel fair is organised every year in India. It is considered as one of the largest fairs in the world and it attracts a large number of foreigners besides local livestock traders who primarily come here to buy and sell camels.
And finally HAPPY HUMP DAY ….
In America, Wednesday is regarded as the hump day. The reason? Because Wednesday is in the middle of the work week, people often see it as a “hump” that they must get over in order to get closer to the end of week.
Monday is the day to climb uphill to reach the hump day to start the downhill ride towards Friday.