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Bactrian Camel

The Bactrian camel is a large even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of eastern Asia.

The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the Dromedary which has one.

Nearly all of the estimated 1.4 million Bactrian camels alive today are domesticated, but in October 2002 the estimated 950 remaining in the wild in northwest China and Mongolia were placed on the critically endangered species list.

Bactrian Camels are over 2 meters (7 feet) tall at the hump and weigh in excess of 725 kg (1,600 lb).

They are herbivores, eating grass, leaves, and grains, capable of drinking up to 120 litres (32 US gallons) of water at a time.

Their mouths are extremely tough, allowing them to eat thorny desert plants.

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