Walter is a 6-month-old Bactrian Camel with two humps who now calls Cape May County Zoo home.

Picasa/Cape May County Zoo
Picasa/Cape May County Zoo

The young male camel comes to the Jersey Shore from Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park. He joins Marty, the Cape May Zoo's Dromedary Camel.

Bactrian Camels, like Walter, are considered a critically endangered species.

As for why Walter has two humps rather than one, the zoo explains in a statement released this week:

There are 2 species of Camel in the world, the Dromedary Camel which has one hump and the Bactrian camel which has two humps. The humps store fat that is converted to water and provides energy when food is not available. These humps can each store up to 80 pounds of fat and give camels the ability to endure long periods of travel without water, in harsh desert conditions. As their fat is depleted, the humps become floppy and flabby.

Be sure to visit Walter and Marty the Camels at Cape May County Zoo some time and say hello!

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