Posts tagged ‘Long Time without Food’

Why does a camel have a hump?

Camel

The camel’s best known feature is the hump on its back.  The camel’s hump is mostly fat that provides nourishment when food is hard to find.  When a camel goes a long time without food, its hump shrinks.  After it has eaten and rested, its hump becomes plump and firm again.

People once believed that a camel stores water in its hump.  Now we know that a camel simply conserves its body moisture, rather storing an extra water supply.  It can travel for days without food or water because of its fatty hump and its efficient water conservation. – Dick Rogers

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Why do camels have humps?

Camel

People used to think that the camel’s hump was a storage place for water. But the hump on its back is mostly fat.  Camel’s live in the desert, and they often have to go a long time without food. When food is scarce on long desert treks, the fat in the hump provides energy for the animal.

When the camel has not eaten for a few days, its hump gets smaller.  After the camel has had a few days’ rest and some foods, its hump becomes firm and plump again.  The camel must drink water.  But once it drinks, it can go for days without drinking again. – Dick Rogers