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Ma, the elephants have short legs with five toes but, why do I have long legs with two toes?
My child, we live in the desert. The desert has a lot of sand and rocks. Our legs help us to walk in the loose desert sand. Our toes protect us from the hot sand.
Ma, why do I have these long eyelashes?
My child, in the desert there are strong winds. These winds carry sand with them. Our eyelashes keep our eyes safe from these winds.
Do you know, why we have humps on our back? In the desert, it’s hard to find food and water. Our humps store food, so that we can use the food in the hump if we cannot find it in the desert.
Ma, can you tell me why we have hard skin?
It saves us from thorny cactus plants as well as from the hot sun and cold nights in the sand.
Ma, but why are we in the zoo? Why are we not in the desert?
Note to the teacher: Read the story to the children. Encourage them to know the features of the camel’s body and the desert.
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