Ok, I know this is probably a little gross or distasteful, but I thought some of you might be interested in seeing what camel dung actually looks like. I remember years ago being fascinated with a show on the Discovery Channel called “The Wonderful World of Dung,” which talked about many different creatures’ waste products. (Great program, if you ever have a chance to see it!) Camel poop is actually smaller than you would think for coming from such a large animal – pellets about the size of a small chicken egg. It is so lacking in moisture that it can be burned as fuel fresh from the camel – without it having to dry out! Natives in many of the outlying areas where camels are native, like the Middle East and Africa, use camel dung as cooking fuel. It is very slow burning and burns virtually smokeless. I had to carefully watch my step when I was out in the desert getting these photos for you – it was everywhere!
Here is a link to a really interesting true story about the discovery of how ingesting fresh camel dung prevents dysentery!
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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