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India’s Rare Swimming Camels – The World’s Only Swimming Vamels

Every day is hump day in Gujarat, India. The rural area is famous for its swimming camels. How did these desert creatures get a taste for the sea? Camels are supposed to be the animals of the desert, right?

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The Kharai camels of Kutch are the only ones of their kind in the world that can swim. They live with the Jat community, who have been nomadic camel herders for generations.

It’s the only way they can reach the mangroves where they feed. These Kharai camels—as they’re known—can actually swim nearly two miles in seawater.

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Jat Noor Mohammed’s family has been breeding and caring for these animals for generations. But, as new industries and climate change begin to destroy the mangroves that sustain these camels, his livelihood is under threat.