CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County Park & Zoo unveiled a baby camel to the public this week.

The camel, named Walter, is of the Bactrian species with two humps that came from the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

Animal Adventure Park made headlines earlier this year when a livestream of its giraffe, April, giving birth went viral. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers. 

Walter is 6 months old and is the second camel at the zoo.

“Walter will join his one-humped cousin, our Dromedary Camel named ‘Marty,’ in a few months, once he gets a little bigger,” Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes said in a statement.

Hayes said that for now, Walter will live in the llama and alpaca habitat, adjacent to Marty’s habitat.

Bactrian camels are an endangered species that humans have used for more than 4,000 years. Their natural habitat is the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia. There are only about 1,000 left in existence.

The two humps store fat the animals can convert to water to provide energy when food is not available. The humps can each store up to 80 pounds of fat and give camels the ability to endure long periods of travel, according to a statement from the zoo. As their fat is depleted, the humps become soft and can flop over.

Walter is the latest addition to the zoo. In July, officials unveiled two baby snow leopards.

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I joined The Press in January 2016 after graduating from Penn State in December 2015. I was the sports editor for The Daily Collegian on campus which covered all 31 varsity sports and several club sports.

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