Even if Bactrian camels
are susceptible to MERSCoV infection, geographic separation may be an alternative explanation for the absence of MERS-CoV among camels in Mongolia.
can live 50 years, stand 7 feet tall at the hump, and weigh up to 1,800 pounds.
First, the camels are valuable because they are rare; fewer than 500 Bactrian camels
live in North America.
, Genghis and Luca being fed by Beavers Rhys Beasley and Iman Tenghua
Only the wild Bactrian camels
in the Chinese Gashun Gobi, usually found in herds of no more than twelve, are completely isolated from domestic Bactrian camels
The zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals, including Siberian tigers, zebras, bactrian camels
, monkeys, sea lions, reptiles, Humboldt penguins and meerkats.
While standard osteological measurements (van den Driesch 1976) for 11 dromedaries and 16 Bactrian camels
(Steiger 1990) also show this difference, it is often blurred by age, sexual dimorphism, condition and even possible hybridization (Kohler-Rollefson 1989; Uerpmann 2000).
Fewer than 1000 Bactrian camels
are left in the wild.
It was by all accounts a remarkable and moving affair, featuring as it did massed bands, sheep, corgis, jockeys, Dick Francis, Norman Wisdom, Bactrian camels
and, of course, plenty of Wombles dressed as guardsmen.
The 14" plush toy camel "Judy", branded with moons and stars, is a cuddly mascot for the critically endangered wild Bactrian camels
in the Gobi Desert.
Surveillance among camels was also initiated in response to anecdotal reports of signs of respiratory illness in Bactrian camels
TWO young Bactrian camels
are being put through their paces by senior keeper Lesley Lewis.