Monday, April 7, 2014
Oops! Bonus Letter: B is for Bactrian Camel
Sundays, according to the rules of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I don't have to blog at all, this way the number of letters in the alphabet will match up with the number of blogs. But I goofed. Nancy and I are in New York, and I forgot what day it was, so I blogged F is for Fly.
Today, therefore, I'll backtrack and supply this picture and biography of one animal that fell through the cracks as it were. This is the Bactrian, or two-humped camel. It is so much cooler than the garden-variety one-humped or dromedary camel. Someone once called a camel "a horse designed by committee." Well, the bactrian camel is a camel designed by committee.
I did not include this in the original go-round because I was convinced that a two-humped camel was called a dromedary, but no, I had it wrong. I owe this error to a poem by Ogden Nash or else possibly Stephen Leacock:
The camel has a single hump.
The dromedary, two.
Or is it the other way around?
I'm never sure, are you?
I should've known not to trust a poet, especially one who admits to his own ignorance. Anyway. The word dromedary, incidentally means "running." I was not aware camels of any description do much running, but maybe when I wasn't looking, they were skipping around like billy-o.
Only a few bactrian camels are in the wild, but it's marvelous to think of any wild camels at all. There are no wild dromedaries.