Rabbit tennis: Lycra suits are designed to give racing camels the edge
“The full body suit can help racing camels run faster, while the cream of the species entered into camel beauty contests will have the ability to stand taller after using the suit,” says Abu Dhabi’s Al Shibla Middle East.
The mission statement from the company retailing its full lycra camel suits to the camel racing community is worth repeating:
Sportswear and equipment is a booming business. Everywhere we look we can see people in tracksuits, swimwear, football kits and jogging shorts-we are told to use the proper attire or else we risk injury, inefficiency or even disqualification. The development of ever more impressive technologies to help advance this market is relentless, and the enterprise is rapidly expanding. But why should this be limited to humans?
This was the question quite poignantly asked by the scientists working with Al Shibla Middle East, Abu Dhabi who have forwarded the frontiers of animal sportswear… All in all, the compression suit is a phenomenal invention which is going to completely change the way people think about animal sports.
The animal Olympics just got real…
She said: “The suits help to activate blood flow and thus improve performance.” The outfits are primarily designed for wearing during transport – when camels typically lose a lot of weight due to stress hormones working overtime. Some stables intend to use them in training too. And while at present customs dictate that the animals do not race in any outfit, Al Shibla said that may soon change.