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Camel at Iowa zoo loves drinking water from a hose

By Daniel Uria   |   Feb. 18, 2016 at 1:10 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A camel at an Iowa zoo has developed a unique water consumption habit.

Nikolai, a bactrian camel at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, has taken to drinking water from a hose.

Video shared by the zoo shows the camel happily lapping water as a zookeeper sprays water into his pen.

According to the zoo, bactrian camels can go weeks without a drink of water and can drink up to 30 gallons in just 13 minutes.

While Nikolai may not need to drink very often, Zoo staff said that when thirst strikes he waits patiently for his keeper to bring out the house.

"Zookeeper Robyn says that even though he has a perfectly nice drinker, Nikolai will stand and stare at her until she lets him drink from the hose," they wrote on Facebook.

Bactrian camels can go weeks without water. When they do refill, they can drink 30 gallons in 13 minutes! Zookeeper...

Posted by Blank Park Zoo on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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