Camel and desert proverbs around the world
Trust in God, but tie your camel.
It is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.
He who steals an egg will steal a camel.
If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.
One camel does not make fun of the other camel’s hump.
The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
In the desert of life the wise person travels by caravan, while the fool prefers to travel alone.
Any water in the desert will do.
Talent without skill is like a desert without an oasis.
Camels have long been known for their ability to go weeks at a time without needing to drink water.
Camels are also known for their prominent humps (either one or two humps, depending on the species), which leads many people to believe that these are used to store water for access at a later time.
However, camels’ humps actually store fatty tissue, not water, which is used as a source of nourishment when food is scarce.
As the fat is burned, water is produced as one of the byproducts. This extra water enters the camel’s bloodstream to add to its water supply.
The camel’s humps also help the animal regulate its body temperature, an important feature in the desert, where temperatures can be extremely high during the day and drop drastically at night.
By concentrating fatty tissue in humps on their backs, camels are able to minimise heat insulation throughout the rest of their body during the day when the temperature is high, and their body temperature rises.
Then, at night, the extra heat dissipates through the rest of the camel’s body so that their body temperature is not too low when the temperature is cooler.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica
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