Judges at a Saudi camel beauty contenstant have disqualifed more than 40 camels after discovering some had been given Botox injections.
The camels were due to line up in the King Abdulaziz camel festival. And with prize money of around $66 million, there was a lot of money – and pride – on the line.
But the Saudi authorities disqualified more than 40 camels as they had received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups.
Any cosmetic alterations are stictly prohibited as the judges look for the most beautiful camels. They decide the winner based on the shape of the animals’ heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures.
Judges had found that breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels and injected their lips and noses with Botox. They’d also found breeders using fillers to relax their camel’s face and used hormones to boost their muscles.
The month-long festival is held in the desert north-east of Riyadh and is the largest of its kind in the world.
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