Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby and, today, we’re going to be talking about the amazing design features of the camel!
The camel is designed to survive harsh climates…
Its red blood cells are oval shaped, instead of round, and are smaller than other mammals’. This is very important because the size and unique shape makes it easier for the blood to flow when it gets dehydrated and the blood gets thicker.
Its cells also expand more than any other animal’s. Other animals’ red blood cells will expand 150% before bursting. The camel’s will expand a whopping 240% so it can absorb much more water!
The camel doesn’t lose water easily. Animals will lose water as they breath, but the camel has special nasal passageways that moisten the air as it breaths in and also absorbs moisture as it exhales!
When it does lose water, it first comes from its tissues and NOT its blood, allowing it to survive longer without water.
Learn more about the camel in the next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. Until then… stay bold!