C is for Camel – one hump, not two – and Camping

Camels Crudely Chew their Cud

A camel doesn’t chew its food well

caring little about taste or smell

With 3 stomachs there’s no lack

of having room for food to pack

When hungry they just regurgitate

to satisfy their hunger state

Well-known gourmands and not gourmets

finding dietary delight in tents and hay*

This woman
“I think she’s obviously a Camel Connoisseur”
“I think she’s gone too long without water”
“I don’t know what to think”

Where to Next is the BEST travel blog.  Peggy and her husband John travel to the most interesting places. LeggyPeggy’s post about traveling by camel in Rajasthan India is my inspiration for the “C“-word!  Here’s an excerpt (Ya gotta read the whole post Where to Next and see the pictures):

“Poor John is never keen on riding animals. Horses are out. Bull-riding is out. Emus and ostriches are out. Donkeys are marginally okay because, as he says, it’s not that far to fall off a donkey.”

“So you can imagine he wasn’t at all impressed when he realised that our travels in India included two days in the Thar Desert on CAMELS.”

“Oh, you should have heard him grumble and grumble and grumble. But he swallowed his complaints, mounted a camel and was heaved high into the air.”

Poor John is not in this picture
Some of Peggy & John’s guides and camels. 

Read the post to get the full Camel experience Poor John survives two days on a Camel

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*“Camels can go for days or even weeks with little or no food or water. Desert people feed their camels dates, grass, and such grains as wheat and oats. In zoos, the animals eat hay and dry grains–about 3.5 kilograms of each every day. When a camel travels across the desert, food may be hard to find. The animal may have to live on dried leaves, seeds, and whatever desert plants it can find. A camel can eat a thorny twig without hurting its mouth. The lining of the mouth is so tough that the sharp thorns cannot push through the skin. If food is very scarce, a camel will eat anything–bones, fish, meat, leather, and even its owner’s tent.

A camel does not chew its food well before swallowing it. The animal’s stomach has three sections, one of which stores the poorly chewed food. This food, or cud, is later returned to the mouth in a ball-like glob, and the camel chews it. The chewed food is then swallowed and goes to the other parts of the stomach to be completely digested. Camels, deer, cattle, and other kinds of animals that digest their food in this way are called ruminants.” Camel Farms.com

“A” , “B”  and “C” down, “D” to go!

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19 thoughts on “C is for Camel – one hump, not two – and Camping

  1. I love camels. They are so unique, make great facial expressions, and kind of awe-inspiring. I too would be afraid to ride one because they are so large and it is VERY far to the ground. I’ve ridden horses so that’s about as high up as I go. I really enjoyed your blog! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Blogging A to Z, http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

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    1. DianeW,
      Thanks for stopping by and giving camels a bit of love. I think they have gotten bad press over the years! (Not sure I find them awe-inspiring but I do find them amusing! – but then again I’m sure they would find me amusing rather awe-inspiring too)

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      1. I didn’t know they had 3 stomachs. I thought they were bovine-like with a chambered stomach. Love learning new stuff.

        I’ve ridden horses and bulls and elephants and donkeys, but I’ve never ridden a camel with one hump or even two.

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