Design a Camel

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/22/2012 06:00
  • Ended: 8/25/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 53
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Design a Camel
Contest Directions: Camels are in big trouble again, at least in Australia, where government plans mass killing of wild havoc-wreaking camels, by marksmen in helicopters. Camels were first introduced to Australia in 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert. According to the government, camels were useful back in the old days, but now they cause nothing but trouble - they compete with sheep and cattle for food, they trample vegetation, they destroy settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes. Camel population in Australia doubles every 9 years.
The old saying says that "a camel is a horse designed by a committee". Design your own camel by merging it with other animals (humans also allowed).

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/22/2012 06:00
    • Ended: 8/25/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 53
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
53 pictures
  • Camel with Woman's Legs

    Camel with Woman's Legs
  • Woman Holding a Fluffy Puppy Camel Hybrid

    Woman Holding a Fluffy Puppy Camel Hybrid
  • The Snail Camel Hybrid

    The Snail Camel Hybrid
  • Camel Woman of the Desert

    Camel Woman of the Desert
  • Chipmunk Camel Hybrid

    Chipmunk Camel Hybrid
  • Gorilla Camel Hybrid Animal

    Gorilla Camel Hybrid Animal
  • Camel on a Catwalk Advertising Cigarettes

    Camel on a Catwalk Advertising Cigarettes
  • Mosquito Camel Hybrids

    Mosquito Camel Hybrids
  • Ace Ventura Rides a Hybrid Horse Camel

    Ace Ventura Rides a Hybrid Horse Camel
  • Man Leading a Giant Kitty Camel Hybrid

    Man Leading a Giant Kitty Camel Hybrid
53 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The camel (Camelus) is a huge mammal, belonging to the camelidae family, of the artiodactyla order, Tylopoda suborder, living in deserts and divided into two species: Bactrian (Two-humped Bactrian camel) and the Dromedar (single-humped dromedary camel). Both species of camel are considered to be domesticated for the last 5000 years and are used mainly as pack and draft animals. Camels cannot survive in mountains and terrains with a humid climate. In the evolution process, camels developed a series of adaptations to the conditions of deserts and dry steppes. Camels feed on such desert vegetation, which is almost not eaten by other animals, camels are content with a lower quantity of water and can even drink salt water. In comparison to other ruminants, camels have two incisors in the upper jaw. The body parts of a camel, which are in contact with the ground while sleeping, are equipped with callous formations; camels have a chest, carpal, ulnar and knee calluses. Owing to this, camels are capable of lying on burning hot (up to 70С) soil. Both hooves on each leg of the camel are very small in size. Camels rest on broad soft paws, which facilitates walking on sand. The weight of an adult camel fluctuates within the limits 500 - 800 kg, life expectancy - from 30 to 50 years. Camels are found in Central Asia. They are even found from Asia minor to Manchuria. Single-humped camels can be found even in North Africa, where they are used as domesticated animals and also in the Middle East up to India. Camels can live without food for around one month. Fat depositions on the animal's back, which we call "humps" help camels in live without food. Camels are good swimmers. This is a fact although the majority of camels have never encountered large water bodies. Camels live in harems. In groups of up to 15 individuals for several female camels and their offspring is usually a male camel. Sometimes, it is possible to find animals leading a solitary life. The camel is a herbivorous animal. Its multi-compartment stomach is capable of digesting practically any type of vegetation including thorny and salty food. Two-humped camels are distinguished from single-humped camels. Bactrian camels have short legs but the camel itself is huge in size. This may be the reason why single-humped camels are more swift - they are capable of traversing a distance of up to 200 km within 11 hrs. Camels are capable of enduring desert heat thanks to their humps. It is strange though that the camel humps are not adapted to store moisture. Its thick fur and 8-degree temperature fluctuations in the body, which reduces overheating risk (including sweating) and super-cooling protect the camel from day heat (as well as night colds). On breathing, a fluid is released from the nostrils and does not leave the animal since it gets accumulated in a special fold , which after some time, returns back into the body through the mouth. Reaching water, camels, thanks to their special oval shaped erythrocytes, are capable of drinking from 60 to 100 liters in a relatively short period ("You drink like a camel?" is not said in vain), which also is no less important for camels to survive the dry climate. It is worth mentioning that camels, in terms of water consumption, are an unpretentious animal - it can drink both pure as well as stagnant or salt water. Finally, the camels excrement is highly concentrated and correspondingly less wet due to elongated nephrons in kidneys. The camel is very tolerant. In a day, it can carry from 200 to 300 kg in weight to a distance of up to 50 km and more. Camel milk is very nutritious. Camel milk contains a lot of substances (iron, calcium, magnesium etc.), which are necessary for the animal and a high concentration of vitamins C and D and casein, which makes it hard to digest milk products by this animal compared to cow milk. While taking camel milk, it is necessary to understand that due to its special properties, an animal not used to it, may find difficulty in digesting it immediately. Camel races are being organized in the East. For instance, one can easily find a "Be Careful! Camels" sign on the roads of the UAE. For Arabians, camel racing is not just a fascinating spectacle but a national tradition. Here, camel races are being organized every week from October to April.