Anybody else has noticed how long are the days of July ? I feel that these days are so slow and boring and exhausting, well in my city Kébili they are, may be because we lack the means of entertainment but this is not something new here, it’s been like this for ages, i think it’s because of the heat as Kébili, that southern Tunisian city, was classified number 4 or 5 hottest place worldwide during the past days, some people didn’t believe it but that heat was the reason 3 forests here were on fire, one forest here in the city center near the ancient city of Kébili, and the other 2 were in two different villages and it took more than 8 hours to extinguish the fire.
A question arose in my mind ; how would it be in the desert at such heat ? who and what can survive there ? I would swear nothing can survive the desert’s heat, then a picture of camels runs through my head, those marvelous creatures, Kings and Queens of the desert kingdom. Camels are the essential means of transport to cross the desert, to uncover the secrets of the Sahara, mainly used by the nomads up to the present day, from this function they are labelled ‘desert ships’. A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as “humps” on its back, there are the one-humped camels mainly in the Middle East and Africa known as the dromedary, the two-humped camels mainly exist in Central Asia known as the Bactrian, and the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel that has limited populations in remote areas of northwest China and Mongolia. The average life expectancy of a camel is 40 to 50 years, they can run at up to 65 km/h (40 mph) in short bursts and sustain speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph). The Camel is mentioned in the muslims’ holly book the Quran as it was one of God’s miracles sent to the prophet Salih or Çâlih who was sent to the tribe of Thamud who disobeyed their Lord and worshipped idols, asking them to believe in one God, so they asked him to show them one of God’s miracles and that miracle was a female Camel coming out from a rock of a mountain which split, and that female Camel brought a lot of blessings to these people. Camels are mating by having both male and female sitting on the ground, the male Camel ejaculates three or four times within a single mating session.. interesting.
Camels have a series of physiological adaptations that allow them to withstand long periods of time without any external source of water, their humps are actually reservoirs of fatty tissue, their color goes usually between the white and the brown and it may changes according to the weather, their hair is used for tents, yurts, clothing, bedding and accessories. The milk Camels produce is so strong, I’ve tasted it once and i hardly swallowed it, it’s kind of salty, they say it’s a good therapy to clean the stomach and strengthen the bones. Camels share some of the human characterestics, they feel the sorrow so they cry when they are hurt, and they hold the grudge so if anyone do them something bad, after no matter how long they will pay back, so we better re-think before hurting them in any way. Though Camels live around me, but it took me long to ride one, it was about a year ago when i rode a Camel, i regretted the time that passed without me being on one.
Riding a Camel makes you feel that you own the place, and yes, it makes you feel superior, feel the greatness, it makes you feel that you can reach the horizon strong and safe. Since then, i started loving riding Camels. Camels are the greatest secrets from the Sahara.