Batty eyelashes, pouty lips and perfectly placed humps – not all camels are blessed with such good looks. Enter cosmetic enhancements.
A dozen camels were banned from a beauty contest during the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia after they were given Botox injections, according to the National, a newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Some 30,000 camels were brought to the annual event in Al Dhana, near Riyadh, for racing, an obedience competition and a beauty pageant.
The National reported that prize money totals $57 million, with $31.8 million reserved for “pageantry.” But some people apparently tried to cheat the system – enhancing the animals’ natural beauty.
“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” Ali Al Mazrouei, the son of a top Emirati breeder, told the newspaper. “It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.'”
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