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Camels have adapted to harsh desert conditions that require them to eat thorny plants.
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Yes—These are camels snacking on cactus. This pair of dromedary camels, Baby and Nessie, clearly don’t mind the spines. It hurts, but they can handle it. Camels have adapted to harsh desert conditions that require them to eat thorny plants. Inside a camel’s mouth, small cone-shaped protrusions called papillae guide the animal’s chew. The key is to avoiding being poked by the spines. Camels pivot their chew and slide the needles vertically down their throats. Regardless of their discomfort, the ruminators keep ruminating.

Read more in "This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti "
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/camels-cactus-mouth-papillae-animals/

Camels Don't Mind Spines In Their Cacti | Nat Geo Wild
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