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Arabian camel – BBC – Wildfacts

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You are here: BBC > Science & Nature > Animals > Wildfacts Dromedary camel, Arabian camel, one-humped camel Camelus dromedarius About 90 per cent of the world’s 14 million camels are dromedaries. Life span They live for 40-50 years. Statistics Length: 2.2-3.4 m, Tail length: 50 cm, Height at hump: 1.9-2.3 m, Weight: 450- 550 kg Physical description Dromedaries have a cream to brown or black short-haired coat, which is longer on the head, neck, throat, rump and tail. They have a single hump, long legs and a long, curved neck. The hump stores fat, which they are able to draw upon for sustenance; and oxidation of the fat manufactures water. Distribution They inhabit South West Asia and North Africa. They are also feral in Australia after being introduced in the mid-19 th century, principally as draft animals – about 500 ,000 survive wild in the outback. Habitat They are desert animals and have have numerous adaptations for life in an arid habitat. They have webbed feet (to prevent sinking in the sand); they can close their nostrils and they have a double row of eyelashes to keep out the sand. They can endure long periods without drinking – up to 17 days. When they do drink, they can take up to 136 litres (30 gallons) at a time. By producing dry faeces and little urine, they can conserve water. Their body temperature can rise 6-8 degree Celsius before sweating. Diet Dromedaries feed on a variety of wild plants that many other animals avoid, such as dry vegetation, thorns and salty plants. They also sometimes scavenge on bones and dried-out carcasses. Behaviour Dromedaries live in small herds of females and young, and a dominant male. Males defend their harem by spitting, biting and butting opponents. Reproduction Camels have a gestation period of 390- 410 days and they give birth to one calf. Conservation status Dromedaries are extinct in the wild, and exist as domestic animals, although some have turned feral. They are not listed by the IUCN. Notes Dromedaries have been important beasts of burden in the Sahara for thousands of years. They are robust pack animals, can walk for miles a day and provide meat, wool, milk and fuel (their dung can be burnt on a fire). The camel family ( including llamas and alpacas) are unique among mammals in that they have elliptical (oval) blood cells. History Dromedaries are thought to have been domesticated in Arabia about 4000-2000 BC. They then spread to North Africa, East Africa and India.


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    BBC: Nick Bryant
    .animal yarns. Our aim, as with every country, is to cover Australia in all its myriad forms. I’ve just spent the past week in the Northern Territory talking to members of the Stolen Generations , of which more later. And as regular readers of this blog will hopefully agree, we covered the recent federal election in a fair amount of detail. So you can imagine my disappointment when I returned to Britain over Christmas and found myself being constantly reminded of a story I had filed some months back. Did it feature Kevin Rudd, John Howard or even the Welsh-born Julia Gillard? Of course not. It involved that poor 60- year- old woman in outback Queensland who was killed by her amorous pet camel , which apparently made her the object of his sexual desire. It was the ‘most read’ story on our website for days – right up there in the Australian novelty animal story pantheon with Australia plagued by feral pigs ; Toads’ Australian march continues and now, of course Shark Kills Swimming Kangaroo. In conclusion, I should perhaps reveal what was arguably the BBC’s most popular online Australian story of last year, which raced to the top of the ‘most read’ league table last year and made an unexpected appearance only last week: the revision to the points system which made it easier for Poms to emigrate . As much as we love our novelty animal stories, and the corny stereotypes they so often reinforce, we seem to like Australia even more.

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      Animal Tragic
      Nick Bryant | 04:15 UK time, Wednesday, 6 February 2008
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      Camels were brought to Australia in the 1840 transportation One-Minute World News Last Updated: Monday, 20 August 2007 , 11 :14 GMT 12 :14 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version Pet camel kills Australian woman A woman in Australia has been killed by her pet camel after the animal may have tried to have sex with her. The woman was found dead at the family’s sheep and cattle ranch near the town of Mitchell in Queensland. The woman had been given the camel as a 60 th birthday present earlier this year because of her love of exotic pets. The camel was just 10 months old but already weighed 152 kg (336 lbs) and had come close to suffocating the family’s pet goat on a number of occasions. On Saturday, the woman apparently became the object of the male camel’s desire. It knocked her to the ground, lay on top of her and displayed what the police delicately described as possible mating behaviour. “I’d say it’s probably been playing, or it may be even a sexual sort of thing,” the Associated Press news agency quoted Queensland police Detective Senior Constable Craig Gregory as saying. Young camels are not normally aggressive but can become more threatening if treated and raised as pets.

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