by Steve McLean
Here are a few of the unique physical characteristics God designed into camels.
One of God's uniquely designed animal creatures is the camel. In the following short article about dromedary camels which are among the animal species on display at the Ararat Ridge Zoo behind the life-size replica of Noah's Ark: the ARK ENCOUNTER at Williamstown, Kentucky, some of these animals' creative design features are shared.
THE INCOMPARABLE CAMEL
THE ARARAT RIDGE ZOO behind the Ark is home to several dromedary camels. Dromedary camels have one hump, and are native to the deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East. They have amazing designs to allow them to live in these harsh environments.
Remarkably, camels can drink 30 gallons of water in just 13 minutes! Many people believe that camel humps are used to store water, but that's false. Water is stored in their blood. The humps are made up of fat and cartilage, which can be broken down into energy when food is scarce.
Additionally, camels have specialized footpads that allow them to walk on top of the sand instead of sinking into it. They have tough calluses on their knees and chest to protect their legs and bellies from being burned by the hot sand when lying down.
Camels also have incredible strength and endurance. They can be conditioned to carry up to 1,000 pounds for 25 miles per day!
(Editor's note: This short article about camels was featured in the October 2017 issue of the Answers in Genesis monthly newsletter.)