Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby and, today, we’re going to be talking about the “ships of the desert” – the camel!
These guys sure deserve that nickname. They’ve been transporting anywhere from 375 to 600 pounds of goods in the desert for years! And, remember, it’s HOT in the desert!
If I carry anything heavy, I sweat. When it’s hot, I sweat even worse! When we sweat, we need to replenish that water or we’ll die of dehydration.
Most mammals can lose 15% of the water in its body before doing damage to its body, but not the camel – it can lose up to 25%!
In addition, the camel has fewer sweat glands and its body temperature is much higher than most mammals and fluctuates very little between daytime and nighttime. It doesn’t begin to sweat until its temperature reaches almost 106 degrees!
Not sweating as much as other animals is extremely important because the camel saves over five gallons of water A DAY from just this one feature!
There’s still more to cover, but our time’s up so we’ll talk about it in the next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. Until then… stay bold!