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REINDEER POOP JEWELRY GOES ON SALE
November 24, 2009
(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- Sparkly reindeer-poop (some call it “dung”) necklaces are going on sale at an Illinois zoo that hopes to attract the same holiday shoppers who scooped up (pardon the pun) its dung Christmas ornaments last year.
The limited edition Magical Reindeer Gem necklaces will debut Friday at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.
The $15 pendant necklaces contain dried, sterilized reindeer droppings - sprayed with glitter - on a beaded chain. They'll be available at the zoo's gift shop, or by mail for $20.
And the dung ornaments are back, and 450 have already sold this season. About 1,500 are still available for $7.50, or $10 by mail.
Miller Park Zoological Society spokeswoman Susie Ohley admits it's a bit silly but estimates the zoo could make $16,500 by prettying up all that dung and selling it.
Why go to poop for money? The zoo lost $200,000 under city budget cuts this year.
All that was a real party pooper for the zoo. (Get it? Pooper? Never mind)