What She Always Wanted: Reindeer Dung Necklace
Zoo aims to plug budget holes with droppings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2009 9:07 AM CST
One of the Miller Park Zoo's "Magical Reindeer Gem" ornaments, made from dried and sterilized reindeer droppings.   (Miller Park Zoo)
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(Newser) – For that special someone: An Illinois zoo is selling sterilized reindeer droppings in the form of "Magical Reindeer Gem" pendant necklaces available at its gift shop and through mail order. The $20 glitter-encrusted necklaces are a bit silly, a zoo spokeswoman admits to the AP, but they're selling fast and could go a long way towards replacing the $200,000 the zoo lost under budget cuts this year. Dung ornaments are also on sale.