Botox wars in the desert?


It’s not often that a headline can make me do a double-take in disbelief, but this one certainly did.


Saudi Arabia’s popular King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which kicked off earlier this month, invites the breeders of the most beautiful camels to compete for some $66 million in prize money.

Botox injections, face lifts and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the camels’ heads, necks, humps, dress and postures.

Judges at the monthlong festival in the desert northeast of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, are escalating their clamp down on artificially enhanced camels, the official news agency reported, using “specialized and advanced” technology to detect tampering.

This year, authorities discovered dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to boost the beasts’ muscles, injected camels’ heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands and used fillers to relax their faces.

There’s more at the link.

Er . . . ah . . . well, yes, quite!

Looking at our current crop of wattled, bulbous, enervated politicians in Washington D.C., one wonders whether some of those “beauty treatments” might not be appropriate for them, too?  Surgical attachment and/or enhancement of humps might be appropriate as well, given how they gorge themselves on taxpayer dollars during their tenure there . . .



  1. This is exactly why Sex Ed and Driver's Ed is not held on the same day in Saudi Arabia.

    The camels get too tired.

  2. "…one wonders whether some of those "beauty treatments" might not be appropriate for them, too?… To hell with the beauty treatments! Go with EJECTION!

  3. The word for "camels" in Arabic is also the word for beauty. This may not be exactly as it sounds in English.

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