Kenyans Mourn Mass Camel ‘Poisoning’

The camel is a kind of animal that can endure hunger and thirst

How strong is it to endure hunger and thirst? They can survive without water, and the camel can still survive for three weeks. If there is no food, it can still survive in the desert for as long as one month. In the harsh natural environment of the desert, they can still survive and multiply well, so he has become the best means of transportation in the desert, even known as the ship of the desert. However, for camels, there may be a strange phenomenon that you don’t know, that is, when we encounter thirsty camels in the desert, do not touch them easily, stay away from them.

Heartbreaking scene of camels dying

What Age Do Camels

Camels usually die around 40 or 50 years of age, depending on the species. Despite being able to tolerate water losses of over 25% of their body weight, camels might still die from dehydration in the desert.
It usually takes about 2 years for the camel carcass to completely decompose, 80% in the first year and 20% in the second.

Why can’t the corpse of a camel in the desert be touched?

The main secret of a camel’s ability to withstand hunger and thirst lies in its hump and stomach. If a camel dies in the desert, there is no way for those fats from the hump to get processed by the body and get metabolized into water and energy. They will be slowly turned into organic acids, methane, and carbon dioxide.
In the camel’s stomach, the microorganisms like gut bacteria remain active. They will multiply, ferment and create more and more gasses in the camel’s corpse. That gas will accumulate, the corpse will expand, and turn into a big bloated balloon.
Because it is left in the burning sun, the camel’s skin will become dry, rigid, and fragile. It will still trap a lot of gases inside the body, and as time passes by, this air pressure will increase, until it gets released through some weak point.

You can see the belly of the dead camel bulging out

Its power should not be underestimated

If a person touches it, the whole corpse might explode, releasing huge amounts of bacteria, viruses, and smelly gasses. This is similar to what happens with stranded whales (exploding whales), or basically any other decomposing mammal.
Although this camel burst phenomenon is not common, it can cause injuries to nearby people and animals, as touching dead carcasses puts you at risk for many pathogens.
So a word of caution if you are in a desert: in case you encounter a camel cadaver just step aside from this ticking biochemical bomb.

Exploding camel carcass is scary

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