Friday Photo: At the Cairo Camel Market

Photo Friday — By Pharaonick on December 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

This photo was taken at the Birqash Camel Market, just outside of Cairo. Friday is the main market day, when thousands of camels are sold by auction to farmers, butchers, and people involved in the tourist industry.

The camel pictured is to be sold for meat rather than riding or work – you can tell because its feet aren’t hobbled – and interested buyers will poke and prod the animal with their sticks to determine how much good quality meat there is on the camel. The actual bidding takes place very quickly – usually lasting less than 30 seconds per animal – and once sold the camel is marked with the buyer’s sign, and will be collected – and paid for – later.

Cairo Camel Market

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