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Unique Animal for April is the Camel

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 Camels come in two types, which are Dromedary with one hump and Bactrian with two humps. They can be 7 feet tall and weigh 1500 pounds. To prevent sand from getting in their eyes, they have three eyelids and two rows of eyelashes, as well as furry ears and nostrils that close between each breath. They have two toes that let them move across sand easier. Their humps store fat, which they use for energy. While most mammals would die after loss of 15% of their water, camels can lose 20-25% of their water without becoming dehydrated. They can also drink up to 40 gallons of water at once!
 
Camels are able to sweat at high temperatures. Their milk contains less fat than that of cows. Camels can run at speeds of 40 miles per hour. For defense, they will kick as well as spit acid from their stomach. Camels live for 40-50 years, and they usually have one calf at a time, with a gestation period of 9-14 months. 
 
 
Learn more at: http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/camel_facts/38/