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THE CAMEL TRIBE*.
THE disposition of the animals which constitute the present tribe, is in general so mild and inoffensive, that, when they are either bred in a state of domestication, or are taken young and trained to labour, they become extensively serviceable to mankind. In hot and sandy regions they are employed as beasts of draught and burthen. Their pace is usually slow; but being able to sustain themselves even on the longest journeys with a very small portion of food, and to undergo fatigues which few, perhaps no, other animals could endure, some of the species are an invaluable acquisition to the inhabitants of the districts where they are found.
The number of species hitherto described is seven, of which only two are found on the old continent,
* The Linnean order Pecora commences with this tribe.— The animals that belong to it have several wedge-like front-teeth in the lower jaw, and none in the upper. Their feet are furnished with cloven hoofs. They live entirely on vegetable food, and they all ruminate or chew the cud. — The genera are: the Camel, Musk, Deer, Giraffe, Antelope, Goat, Sheep, and Ox. VOL. 1,