Friday, March 9, 2018

SkyWatch: Saudi Arabia Camel Sighting


We saw so many camels recently during our four hour drive from Jeddah to Yanbu for the 2018 Flower Festival.  One camel herd we saw consisted almost entirely of white camels shown in this post.  Camels can range in color from black to brown to gold to white, with white being the most rare.  Saudi Arabia is home to the dromedary camel which has only one hump.

Interestingly enough, a camel scandal in January of this year occurred during the big annual Camel Beauty Contest here in Saudi Arabia when twelve contestants were disqualified from the competition - for using botox to make their lips more full and attractive.  The hefty prize money of 20 million riyals apparently was too much temptation for some desperate camel owners who just couldn't help themselves by trying to cheat. Very rules strict are enforced in the no-nonsense contest which include no plastic surgery allowed on the camels, no drugs injected into the lips, and no shaved or clipped body parts.




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8 comments:

Jane said...

Adorable, thanks for sharing :)

Jim said...

Great.

Nikonina said...

Like!

Greetings, Nina

Photo Cache said...

Quite friendly too.

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Stanley Hattman said...

Thought I had heard of everything before...but, a camel beauty contest takes the cake.

William Kendall said...

They do look like characters. Owners who try something like that need a serious kick in the hindquarters. From a camel.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Such amazing animals!

Dina said...

These fair camels in your pictures really do look beautiful (and healthy).
The beauty contest scandal made the news here, too.