Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. Now that we have officially gotten out of summer I figured it would be a great time to prepare ourselves for winter. This got me to thinking. If a camel is really super equipped for the desert, how well is it set up for the winter, inquiring minds, well mostly just mine would like to know. If you’re still with me then you’re my kind of human! Let’s check it out!
New fossil evidence is suggesting that the camel actually originated in North America in what is now Canada. It’s being hypothesized that the camel’s hump actually originated for it to survive long cold hard winters, makes sense to me. The evidence also suggests that through migration and the Bering land bridge camels were then able to cross into Eurasia, Siberia and Africa.
The Desert Has A Winter
There’s one thing that most people who’ve never been to the desert before wouldn’t think about when it comes to the camel’s ability to manage frigid temperatures. The desert can be 100 degrees during the day and in the winter months drop to below zero at night. In fact the bactrian camels will grow an even heavier coat of fur in the winter months.
Matter of fact when you see most of our camels in the spring months they’re shedding that thick woolly coat which can be anywhere from 4-6 inches thick. As tolerant animals go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more adaptable than the camel.
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