Why are camels good at living in the desert? In this animation, Grandad Charlie, an elderly tortoise, tells his grandson Sam a story to illustrate how camels are adapted to live in the desert. Prince Ali became lost in the desert. Horses were sent to rescue the Prince and Mufeed the Camel went along to help. The horses' hooves became hot but the thick, leathery pads on Mufeed's feet allowed him to walk on the hot sand. During a sand storm, Mufeed closed his large nostrils and his long eyelashes protected his eyes from the sand. The horses' hooves slipped but Mufeed's feet were flat and wide to help him walk across the sand. The fat store in Mufeed's hump prevented him from starving and becoming dehydrated. Because he was better suited to the desert than the horses, Mufeed rescued the Prince and took him home.

First broadcast:
3 March 2009

The clip could be paused after each sequence and pupils could draw and write about each part of the story on whiteboards. Children could identify where in the world deserts exist and discuss how the conditions differ from where they live. Pupils could also test different materials to see which ones are used for wearing shoes in hot weather and compare them with the flat, wide, leathery pads on a camel. A comparison chart could be created to show how the horses fared in the desert compared to the camels. Pupils could do a further investigation into how the camel stores food in their humps and create a collage or diagram of a camel and annotate it with research facts. The opportunity presents itself to work in Science and Literacy using this clip.