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Camels are mammalian species that belong to Camelidae Family and artiodactyla Order. There are about three group of species of Camels available in animal world: ferus (wild Bactrian, or two-humped), ferus f. bactrianus (domestic Bactrian) and dromedarius (dromedary, or one-humped).

Today for about 90% of camels are dromedaries that today exist as domesticated species and only have 1 hump. Species that are more athletic looking are the Wild Bactrians that have less hair and smaller humps. There are two humps of Wild Bactrians, one is domesticated and the other is wild.

There is a completely false myth about camels saying that the animals can store water in their hump. The fact says that in their hump camels store their fat to be used as energy in the situation when food is scarce. Without water camels can go for one week or more and can survive within a month with no food. Depending on their activity level and how hot the climate will determine how long camels can survive. Another myth tells that camels can spit at us, which is wrong. Camels do not spit on us but they throw up and spew it at us. These animals do so if they feel intimidated so it is a way to scare of anything that is threatening them. Camels are very beneficial for human life. In some parts of the world, some people have used camels to produce meat, milk, leather, wool and even fuel from their dung.

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