ABU DHABI (AFP) - A camel was reportedly sold for 185,000 dollars at an auction in the United Arab Emirates, where camel racing is hugely popular.
Mohammad bin Taloub "chose carefully" among the camels on offer at the auction in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday before stumping up 680,000 dirhams, said Gulf News, published in nearby Dubai.
The sister of the prized male camel fetched just some 8,000 dollars "because she was only his half-sister. They had the same mother but different fathers. The father of the male camel was much stronger," according to one of the organizers.
A total of 35 camels were sold at the auction which took place as part of an international hunting and equestrian exhibition, the newspaper said.
"Buyers selected their camels with care. They studied pedigree, tracked parentage and scrutinized the animals -- for the camel could win one million dirhams (around 272,000 dollars) in a race one day," Gulf News said.