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Chehaw debuts new camel on hump day

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Chehaw Park selected Wednesday, hump day, to unveil its newest animal attraction. He's a Bactrian camel named Bogart. 

And the park has a sponsor for Bogart, Geico Insurance,famous for its talking gecko, and its 'hump day' TV commercial with a talking camel.

Bogart is a two year old Bactrian camel who came to Chehaw from The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 

Zookeeper, Samantha Sassone, describes Bogart as "a young, intelligent animal who really enjoys being close to people and particularly likes to have his cheeks scratched. He is halter trained and loves to go on walks with the keepers."

"He's young only about a year and a half, two years old. Lots and lots of energy, and likes to play. Likes to be pet likes to be scratched," said Ben Roberts of Chehaw Park.

The Bactrian camel can reach over seven feet in height and weigh up to 2,200 pounds, and live for 20 to 25 years. The species' thick brown coat changes with the seasons. During winter, it thickens to provide added insulation against the cold while large chunks of fur are shed in the summer to keep the animal cool. 

Both male and female Bactrian camels have two large humps, in contrast to the single-humped Dromedary camel. Long eyelashes, ears lined with hair, and nostrils that can be pinched shut all help shield the Bactrian camel from the blowing sand of its dry environment.

The Bactrian camel is faced with increasing competition from domestic livestock, particularly for water. Contrary to popular belief, a camel's hump doesn't hold water. Instead, the hump serves as a reservoir for energy-rich fat, which the camel can metabolize for energy when food is scarce.

Because of this efficient metabolism, Bactrian camels can go for months without drinking water. When they do drink, they can consume 30 gallons of water in less than 15 minutes.

For more information call 229.430.5275. Chehaw is located at 105 Chehaw Park Rd. in Albany, Georgia.


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