At NoCamels, we really have nothing against camels. In fact, we rather enjoy them. We even took our editors on a camel ride – and are considering adopting our very own two-humped friend, named Albert.
The only reason we say NO to camels at www.nocamels.com, is because of the well-known joke amongst Israelis that foreigners think of Israel as a barren desert populated by camels.
But just to make sure our camel friends can never have a beef with us, here’s a little fact sheet to show everyone just how awesome camels are:
- The word “Camel” is derived from the Hebrew word “Gamal”.
- “Man vs. Wild” Bear Grills once survived a sand storm by hiding inside a recently passed-away camel.
- Camel’s red blood cells have an oval shape, unlike those of other mammals, which are circular. This facilitates their flow in a dehydrated state.
- Camels are able to withstand changes in body temperature and water consumption that would kill most other animals.
- Camels eating green herbage can ingest sufficient moisture to maintain their bodies’ hydrated state without the need for drinking.
- Their mouth is very sturdy, able to chew thorny desert plants. Long eyelashes and ear hairs, together with sealable nostrils, form a barrier against sand.
- The kidneys and intestines of a camel are very efficient at retaining water. Urine comes out as a thick syrup, and their feces are so dry that they can fuel fires.