A Saudi Arabia camel beauty contest has disqualified about a dozen camels from completing after they were found to have been injected with Botox injections to make them more attractive.
Media reports from the gulf nation said that in addition to the injections, a veterinarian was caught performing plastic surgery on the animals to reduce the size of the animals’ ears to make them appear more delicate.
According to UAE’s The National, a camel owner said that cheaters will get creative to get an edge and will alter an animal’s appearance for months before it’s sold to a buyer.
“For example they start to pull the lips of the camel, they pull it by hand like this every day to make it longer,” he told the paper. “Secondly, they use hormones to make it more muscular and Botox makes the head bigger and bigger. Everyone wants to be a winner.”
“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” Ali Al Mazrouei, a who is a son of a regular breeder said. “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 beauty contest is part of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival and was launched in 2000.