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Beardsley Zoo welcomes back camels this summer

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BRIDGEPORT — Camels are coming to Connecticut’s only zoo this summer.

Beardsley Zoo officials say three camels will arrive Monday — Memorial Day — and stay through Labor Day.

Toby and Goliath, two of the camels, were at the zoo last summer. The new, third camel is named Gabriel.

All three will be available for rides from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Visitors are welcome to take photos at no additional charge.

There’s no age restriction for riders, but anyone five years or younger must be accompanied by an adult rider.

The visiting camels are dromedary camels, which have a single hump. Bactrian camels are the ones with two humps.

The zoo says a camel’s hump stores fat, not water, despite what many believe.