A beauty competition for goats began on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia
, as part of an auction bringing together traders and herders in the holy Muslim city of Mecca.
Auction supervisor Fawzi al-Subhi said that over 170 animals are competing for the coveted title ‘most beautiful goat.’ He expects the winner to be sold for at least 18,000 dollars.
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According to al-Shams newspaper, the four-legged contestants are purebred Hijazi goats, a distinct breed named after the province in which Mecca is located.
Pastoralists and their flocks still roam the Hijaz region and other parts of the oil-rich Arabian kingdom.