Amazing Kids! Magazine

More Amazing Animals

By Qintra, age 11, Pakistan

You are probably familiar with a cat, a dog, or a cute rabbit. Let’s review some not-so-familiar amazing animals.

Bactrian Camel


The Bactrian Camel was once found over a vast range of Asia but now only inhabits Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Its size from head to shoulders is 6 ft, height to hump is 7 ft, length is 11-12 ft tall (including its tail) and it weights 1000 to 1500 lbs. It is a source of meat, milk, wool and transportation for humans and was domesticated around 2000 B.C. The young males spend most of their time wandering around. In summer, the camels usually live by dry valleys or nearby hills. In winter, they move to dried up creek or stream beds or an oasis. It has a life span of 50 years.








Siamese Fighting Fish


The Siamese Fighting Fish is a popular species of a saltwater aquarium fish. They are usually 2 ½ inches long. In the wild it lives in the calm waters of small lakes, ponds, slow rivers, and irrigated ditches. When the male is angry, its color can change to a glowing metallic green and red. In a fight they ram at each other, slit skin with their teeth and rub off the scales of the offending fish. It eats zooplankton including crustaceans and the larvae of mosquitoes and other insects, such as flies, crickets, or grasshoppers.








Caracal


Caracals are 2-2 1/2 ft long, 1-1 1/2 ft high to their shoulder and weight 35-50 lbs. They live on the dry terrain from India to Africa. Do you know that the Caracal’s coat color blends with the terrain to provide camouflage? It is faster than most cats of size, jumps well, climbs trees quickly and is active at night. It hunts for food mostly at night. Its ears are large with tuffs. Their ears perk up when they are alert and lay flat when they are stalking prey to make them less conspicuous. Their ears are also used as signaling devices to other caracals with their prominent black and white markings.