I would not be a good judge of a camel beauty contest -- they all look alike to me!

12 camels kicked out of beauty contest for using Botox
Live Science, Jan 23 2018 06:07 PM

Officials with Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz Camel Festival kicked out a dozen camels from a camel beauty contest for receiving Botox injections, according to a report published in The National, an Abu Dhabi newspaper. More than 30,000 camels and 300,000 human visitors showed up for the second annual festival, which runs from January 1 to February 1 this year. And the top spot in that horde of humped herbivores is worth a pretty penny: This year's prize money totals $57 million, with $31.8 million set aside for awards for "pageantry."

Days before the festival, a veterinarian was "caught red-handed" giving camels Botox and performing surgery to reduce the size of their ears, The National reported. "They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw," said Ali Al Mazrouei, a festival regular. The National also reported that in addition to the height, shape and placement of its hump, "a full, droopy lip and large features are essential to achieving camel celebrity status in the multimillion-dollar industry of camel pageantry."

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