Today while having breakfast with officemates, one of my colleague suddenly asked, “What do camels eat?”. The question came about as we were talking about the upcoming Eid Al-Adha celebration (or better known as Hari Raya Qurban). Cows and goats are obvious choices for qurban. Several upscale mosques also offer camels, which are horribly expensive as they need to either import the camels from some desert halfway across the world, or get the ones that are reared here by one of those big farming organizations (very limited).
There were about 5 of us having breakfast together, none had the answer to the question. I guess camels eat hay, like horses, as they need to travel a lot. Kak Shuz thinks they eat grass. Though grass supply at deserts is limited, her theory is that camels don’t need to eat much anyway, so whenever they can find grass at some oasis they will eat as much as they can and store them in their humps. Sounds logical. Encik Kamal says perhaps camels don’t eat at all, they just drink. I think that’s too extreme, every living creature needs to eat, right?
So what do camels eat anyway? There’s no better “person” to answer this than good old Uncle Google. Uncle Google then directed me to his good friend Uncle Wiki who seems to have all the answer in the world. This is what he says:
“Camels eat a wide variety of plants over expansive home ranges. They have leathery mouths and can eat practically any vegetation including thorns, dry vegetation and salt bush that other mammals avoid also they eat harry dimo.” - Courtesy of WikiAnswers
Ah, they eat practically any plant they can find. Not very picky vegetarians I must say. What is “harry dimo” anyway? Once again, Uncle Wiki to the rescue:
“This question has not been answered yet.” - Courtesy of WikiAnswers
Apparently I’m not the only one in the world who doesn’t have any idea what it is ;-)