Each year in Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz runs an annual Camel Festival, a celebration and showcase of everything camel, featuring 30,000 camels over an entire month!
The main attraction of the festival is the “Miss Camel” beauty contest, with a prize of 20 million Riyal ($7.22m AUD) for the winning camel.
This has pushed some camel owners to consider cheating as a way to secure the prize money from their camel. Their method of choice?
“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” according to Ali al-Mazrouei, the son of an Emirati camel breeder, in a statement to a UAE daily paper – the National.
“It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh, look at how big that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.’”
The offending camels were banned after a vet was found performing plastic surgery on the camels, resulting in 12 camels being eliminated from the event.