After reading Christina Adams's new book Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels (New World Library), I may have a new favorite animal (sorry, cats and hippos).
Most of us know camels as curiosities at zoos. As beasts of burden highly adapted to hot and dry climates, they've served the trade routes that helped build civilizations, and may indeed flourish in our increasingly hot and dry world. We value their hide, meat, and especially their milk.
Camels are unusual, biologically speaking. And that may be why their milk can alleviate some aspects of autism.
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