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#50622 - 01 May 07 19:00 ABC/Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant
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Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant

Contestants in a Saudi beauty pageant this week have all the features you might expect anywhere else in the world but with one crucial difference - the competitors are camels.

The Qahtani tribe of west Saudi Arabia has been welcoming entrants to its Mazayen al-Ibl competition, a parade of the "most beautiful camels" in the desolate desert region of Guwei'iyya, 120 kilometres west of Riyadh.

"In Lebanon they have Miss Lebanon - here we have Miss Camel," Walid, the moderator of the competition's website says.

While tremendous oil wealth has brought rapid modernisation to the desert state of Saudi Arabia, the camel remains celebrated as a symbol of the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Bedouin Arabs.

"Bedouin Arabs are intimately connected to camels and they want to preserve this heritage. The importance of this competition is that it helps preserve the pure-breds," Sheikh Omair, one of the tribe's leaders, said.

"We have more than 250 owners taking part and more than 1,500 camels."

Finalists have been decorated with silver bands and body covers.

"The nose should be long and droop down, that's more beautiful," Sultan al-Qahtani, one of the organisers, said.

"The ears should stand back, and the neck should be long. The hump should be high, but slightly to the back."

The camels are divided into four categories according to breed - the black majaheem, white maghateer, dark brown shi'l and the sufur, which are beige with black shoulders.

Arabic has over 40 terms for different types of camel.

- Reuters
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#50623 - 01 May 07 19:46 Re: ABC/Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Kuku , I have to ask , have you ever seen a camel with a short neck , or for that matter a short nose ?
I recall you are quite an expert on matters "hewan"
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#50624 - 01 May 07 20:17 Re: ABC/Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant [Re: Capt. Mainwaring]
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thank you, captain, for your very good question. indeed i am a specialist in ruminant nutrition and reproduction. the more fascinating question for me, however, is this: is the camel a ruminant, or not?

some -- the taxiological lumpers -- say yes. others -- the anal splitters -- say no.

technically, the camelids, ie camels and llamas, only have three "stomach" compartments making up their rumen, whereas "true" ruminants -- such as cows, sheep, goats, deer -- have four compartments.

as such, the camelids are sometimes called "primitive" ruminants, with the 4-compartment species being termed "higher" ruminants. the "primitive" ruminants also lack horns.

primitive or not, the ruminants big evolutionary trick is their ability to convert indigestible cellulose into energy and protein through some very nifty microflora and microfauna in their rumens. ruminants are very much symbiotes -- without the microbe species, they would just die.

ruminants are also covert carnivores! much of the protein they produce is actually in the form of protozoan species, which, as you no doubt know, are animals.

but returning to the issues of noses and necks, the answer is no, i have not seen a camel with a short nose or short neck.

but apparently long necks are important to god-bothering arabs, who have a saying: allah, give me a neck as long as a camel's so I can chew my words again and again before I say anything.
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#50631 - 02 May 07 07:58 Re: ABC/Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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There is quite a lot of sense in the last paragraph.

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#50632 - 02 May 07 08:10 Re: ABC/Saudi tribe holds camel beauty pageant [Re: Capt. Mainwaring]
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Makes a change from "open mouth to change foot"
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