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Camels - the Cars of the Desert

Camels are very important animals in the desert. People use them instead of a car. Why are they so special? Camels don't sweat very much, so they don't need a lot of water.

There are two types of camels: dromedaries and bactrians. Dromedaries have one hump and bactrians have two. Do you know what the humps are made of? If you guessed water, you're wrong! The humps are full of fat!

Last modified September 9, 2000 by Jennifer Bergman.

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