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Bactrian Camel


Bactrian Camel Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:

Fast facts:
Type: Mammal
Diet: Herbivore
Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 50 years
Size: Over 7 ft (2.1 m) tall at the hump
Weight: 1,800 lbs (816 kg)
Group name: Flock or Caravan

Did you know?
Bactrian camels give birth usually to just one calf after a gestation period of 12 to 14 months.

 Protection status:Endangered

Bactrian camels have two humps rather than the single hump of their Arabian relatives. The humps function the same way—storing fat which can be converted to water and energy when sustenance is not available. These humps give camels their legendary ability to endure long periods of travel without water, even in harsh desert conditions. As their fat is depleted, the humps become floppy and flabby.

 
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