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Reindeer Droppings Christmas Ornaments: Now I Have Heard Everything!

By M Dee Dubroff     Dec 1, 2008 in Lifestyle
At the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, a Christmas tree ornament made from reindeer droppings hangs on a display as a fund- raiser. It is not known how the reindeer in question feel about this, but read on anyway.
According to news sources, the Christmas ornaments for sale at the Miller Park Zoo's gift shop are partly manufactured by reindeer. (You can see them by clicking on the link provided.) The zoo staff made them out of droppings from the zoo's two reindeer, Ealu and Rika. The procedure involves drying the droppings, then clear-coating them and either painting or rolling them in glitter.
Zoo spokeswoman Susie Ohley, named the products “magical reindeer gem ornaments,” and each comes with a label of authenticity. They cost $5 each. One of the staff member, Katie Buydos, who makes jewelry as a hobby, donated the wire and beads. Many people are surprised at the size of the droppings, which are only about the size of marbles. Perhaps the fact that reindeer are so big is the reason.
Whatever the case, it is not known how Ealu and Rika feel about this. It might be better not to tell them, for they may go on strike or something.
In the meantime, come and get your red-hot…reindeer dropping ornaments while they last!
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