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A camels hump weighs roughly 35 kilograms. So what exactly is in a camel's hump?
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There are three types of camels: the Dromedary, which has one hump, and the Bactrian and wild camel, which have two. Thanks to their stamina, strength, intelligence, and speed, Dromedaries and Bactriansknown by some as the ships of the desert have sustained generations of tribes and traders with their meat, milk, and mileage.

But possibly the toughest breed out there doesnt interact with humans much at all. The rare wild camels found in regions of China and Mongolia have not only been known to drink salt water, but due to their unfortunate proximity to Chinas Lop Nur testing site, theyve somehow withstood more than forty nuclear weapons tests.

So, what makes camels so robust? Well, first of all, theyre huge. Almost two meters tall at shoulder height. And one of the things you might think you know about camels is that their humps store water. But actually, its fat!

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