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 their environment. Prince Ali became lost in the desert. Horses were sent to rescue him 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 burning sand. During a sand storm, Mufeed closed his large nostrils and his long eyelashes protected his eyes. 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. As 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 students could draw and write about each part of the story on whiteboards. Students could identify where in the world deserts exist and discuss how the conditions differ from where they live.

A comparison chart could be created to show how the horses may fare in the desert compared to the camels.

Students could further investigate how the camel stores food in its humps, and create a collage or diagram of a camel and annotate it with research facts.