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'HE TALL, SILLY-LOOKING DESERT ANIMAL'
vO is for (Lxamel
By Aunt Gertie.
The queerest, tallest, silliest, slow
est, biggest animal that ever was
lives in) the ZOO!
You jean hardly tell his coat irom
the color of the ground. He is so
high urrin the world you could not
get onto his back unless he
Hisneck is long and his head
seems' to slope up toward tne any
; of down toward the earth.
legs are very, very, very
and long. And his feet look
le flat pads.
do you think his is called.
ijand girls? Well, if you cannot
, yet, I'll tell you one more thing
.has two BUMPS, which we call
IPS, on his back.
now you all know. His name
3, that's right. And it was Mr.
Cartel that Artist Barnum and I went
ially to visit this week m the
re found him very friendly, not at
ifraid. Inact, he.seemed almost
lazy and indifferent to notice us
m,uch. He stood in a great big
all by himself.
if. course, you know, children, that
tels are the animals ,the traders
to carry all kinds of merchandise
ross the, desert.
A camel can go without water for
days and days. It can go without al
most anything to eat for a very long
Have you any idea why that is?
Well, it is because he stores extra
nourishment away in those funny
humps upon his back and uses it
when he cannot get anything else.
Did you ever hear of anything quite
so wonderful as this provision which
Nature has made for her desert ani
Some kinds of camel have 6he
hump. Others have two like the one
Artist Barnum has drawn for you,
boys and girls.
Some are very heavy and very
slow, traveling not more than two
miles an hour. Others are slight and
wiry and very active, carrying a man
as much as 100 miles in a day.
The camel's flesh is good food.
Its milk is excellent to drink. Cloth
and ropes are made from its hair. The
hide is serviceable.
No wonder Mr. Camel held his
head so high and looked so indiffer
ent when I tried to talk to him at the
You see, he. knows that he belongs
to a very useful family of animals and
that he and his brothers and sisters
are quite important ia this world.
What do you suppose Artist Bar
num will draw for you next?
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