Zoo Makes Gifts from Reindeer Poo

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 3:40 AM CST
Susie Ohley, marketing director of the Miller Park Zoo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Reindeer have found yet another way to give of themselves for our holiday benefit. An Illinois zoo is selling Christmas tree ornaments fashioned from the creatures' droppings, the Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph reports. The small droppings are dried, painted, and incorporated into whimsical designs. The $5 gifts have been dubbed “magical reindeer gem ornaments” by the Miller Park Zoo.

“Each one is unique—they are each a work of art,” said a zoo official, who anticipates the ornaments will be a hit. “We will meet the demand within reason.”