Camels at Christmas

Female bactrian camels and young in Gobi Desert.The desolate Gobi is home to the world's only wild camels - the bactrian camels. Little more than a thousand of these two-humped nomads remain, roaming the deserts between China and Mongolia.

Two females and their month old calves have joined forces to be safer from predators such as wolves. The females are shedding their thick winter coats. The summer ahead will be short, but intensely hot.

Camels are superbly adapted to the desert. Bushy eyebrows and double lashes protect their eyes from sand, and they can clamp their noses tight to keep out dust. Soft padded soles stop their feet sinking into sand.

Camels can go for up to ten days without water. Their humps hold reserves of fat to sustain them while they wander the desert in search of food.

Wikipedia has this to add on camels "according to most forms of Christianity, the Magi were the first religious figures to worship Christ, and for this reason the story of the Magi is particularly respected and popular among many Christians. The visit of the Magi is commemorated by Catholics and other Christian churches (but not the Eastern Orthodox) on the observance of Epiphany, January 6. The Eastern Orthodox celebrate it on December 25 along with Christmas. This visit is frequently treated in Christian art and literature as The Journey of the Magi".

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