When you meet a dead camel in the desert, why can’t you touch it? How serious will the consequences be? Why do camels survive in the desert? Why can’t a dead camel in the desert touch it?
Although the camel is a behemoth, like an elephant, it has a kind and docile personality and does not actively attack humans. However, the dead camels in the desert are not so friendly, it is best not to do anything to the body of the camel out of curiosity, or to survive, once touched, the consequences are very serious, why is this?
Let’s start by looking at how camels can walk freely in the desert without eating or drinking! Camels can live in sandy and arid deserts because of their unique physiological characteristics.
How can camels live in the harsh desert?
– Unique stomach
Camels are ruminants with 3 stomachs and lack flap stomachs.
The first stomach, which takes on many small bubbles in the shape of bottles, can serve as a reservoir of water; moreover, the camel can control the rate of metabolism, and the dehydration rate is as low as 2% per day, which greatly reduces the consumption of water.
The second stomach is mainly used to store dry food, and the third stomach is mainly used to digest and absorb the stored grain and grass. Therefore, as long as they drink enough water and eat enough food at a time, camels can survive in the desert for a long time.
– Thick skin and thick eyelashes
The camel’s skin is very strong, which can help them self-temperature control in the desert, reduce their own heat consumption, and maintain more energy;
At the same time, its thick eyelashes and freely open and close nostrils can play a role in resisting wind and sand and avoiding the glare of the sun, and are not afraid of the effects of nature in the desert.
– The camel stores fat
Many people once mistakenly believed that the camel stored water in the hump, in fact, its camel is full of fat, in the absence of food, it can decompose the fat in the camel into various nutrients needed by the body, providing the energy and nutrition needed for life activities.
The unique physiological structure makes camels become “desert boats”, for people to ride or carry goods, and are the “good helpers” of human beings.
What happens if you touch a dead camel?
However, no matter how strong the survivability, when the limit is short of water, the camel cannot avoid the fate of being thirsty. It is worth noting that if you encounter a dead camel in the desert, it is best to stay far away and do not touch it easily, otherwise the consequences will be very serious. Because when dead camels will have “explosion phenomenon”, the scene is more shocking than “whale explosion”.
After the camel dies in the desert, the hump still stores a lot of fat, in the absence of oxygen supply, this fat will automatically convert into carbon dioxide, organic acids and methane and other toxic gases, the body’s protein will also be decomposed by various microorganisms into methane and various hydrogen sulfides.
As mentioned earlier, the skin of the camel is very thick, and once it dies, the water in the body cannot be discharged, and the internal flora multiplies into a dead cycle.
In the high-temperature desert environment, the organs in the camel’s body decay very quickly, but the thick skin has not changed in the same time, and all kinds of toxic gases and flora generated will gather in the camel’s abdomen, causing extreme swelling, and the camel’s body will also expand rapidly. As long as the finger is touched, the internal and external pressure difference, the body is likely to explode like an unbeliable balloon, and the scene is comparable to the explosion of “biological weapons”.
At this time, the various viruses, harmful gases and moisture containing a large number of bacteria that have accumulated in the camel’s body for a long time are directly exposed to the air with the explosion, and the high temperature environment accelerates the reproduction rate of bacteria.
People who are chronically dehydrated in the desert have low resistance, and may even cause damage to the epidermis or oral organs of the body due to lack of water, and the water and air carrying the virus will also take the opportunity to enter the human body, thus threatening personal safety.
Many tourists who travel in the desert, see the dead camel’s belly bulging, think that there is a lot of water in it, they want to cut it open to take water to drink, but do not know that these waters in addition to containing a variety of bacteria, there are a variety of viruses, drinking not only does not quench thirst, but accelerates the pace of death.
Moreover, the more the stomach of the dead camel swelled, the more poisonous gases were inside, and before it was dissected, it may have been blown up completely. Therefore, if you encounter a dead camel in the desert, it is best not to touch it easily, because the consequences of touching it are very serious.
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