If Alice the Camel has one hump is Alice the Camel a camel?

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Our travels have taken us back to the lands of camels and so an important question has arisen again. Are dromedaries, who only have one hump, camels? This question arises from the preschool song about Alice the Camel which involves counting down the number of Alice’s humps. When Alice only has one hump the punchline is that she is no longer a camel.

Wikipedia has an answer that is to do with science. Dromedaries are a kind of camel, it says, also known as the Arabian Camel or Indian Camel. But actually I think a more satisfying answer was provided by our camel driver when we trekked in Indian desert some years ago. He had clearly given this question a lot of thought. He’d probably been asked by a lot of backpackers like ourselves. He had reviewed the picture on camel cigarette packets he said. They only had one hump. Ergo dromedaries were camels. The end.

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