A DOZEN camels have been thrown out of a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia after it was alleged their handlers used Botox to make them more attractive.
Thousands of desert plodding beats are paraded at this year’s King Abdulaziz Camel Festival where they are judged on their shapely humps and lips.
But now the festival has been hit by a scandal after judges claimed some owners had cheated in a bid to bag the cash prizes.
The festival, which also features camel racing and camel milk tasting, has combined prize money of $57million (£40m).
The allegations came to light after Saudi media reported a vet had been caught giving camels cosmetic surgery including Botox jabs and reducing ear size.
Delicate ears are a winning attribute.
Ali Al Mazrouei, the son of a top Emirati breeder, said Botox was used for the lips, the nose and even the jaw, news website The National reported.
He 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'".
Judges are also looking out for brawny bodies, perfectly positioned humps and leathery mouths.
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