Fancy A 'Reindeer Gem' This Christmas?


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Looking for an unusual gift this Christmas? How about an ornament or necklace that contains genuine reindeer droppings? But you better hurry, because these unique items available exclusively at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois are in limited supply and, going really fast.

Each ornament and necklace is hand-made, using glitter, beads and a single 'gem' - a reindeer dropping from the zoo's residents, which has been dehydrated, sanitized, painted and drilled.

The brilliant idea can be attributed to the Zoo's former superintendent, whose grandmother used to leave a trail of reindeer dung (chocolate chips), leading to the house every Christmas Eve. She told her grandchildren that if Santa's reindeers thought others had visited the house, they would be tempted to come too!

The pendant necklaces are priced at $15 USD apiece, while the ornaments cost $7.50 USD each. The Zoo hopes to raise about $17,000 USD from the sale of these fun items, for use towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Zoo and its inhabitants. To read more check out their site at


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  • wolfieland
    wolfielandMonday, April 26, 2021 at 8:29 am
    Um, not appetizing.
    • gymnast_star💖Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4:07 am
      But i live in florida 😭
      • NobodySaturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm
        Nooooooooo. Gross.
        • roxannaThursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:04 am
          thats nasty
          • Olive DoyillFriday, December 19, 2014 at 7:56 am
            Interesting factoid the reindeer are approximately 300.5 lbs. And they have a very well known reputation for suicide so they won't over populate.
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuThursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm
              This is just so cool and thoughtful.... But sorry I wouldn't be able to touch any:(. I'm not the prissy kind, and I can deal with nature, but droppings?
              • animefan3
                animefan3Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm
                I know nikukyu
                • betza
                  betzaSaturday, December 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm
              • spinnypeeps
                spinnypeepsThursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm
                Cool! Just another creative way to be resourceful.
                • happypug12
                  happypug12Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm
                  That's cool, but a little over priced.
                  • puglover67
                    puglover67Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm
                    I live close to Bloomington.
                    • frankiebaby
                      frankiebabyThursday, December 25, 2014 at 9:35 am
                      lucky. I live close to New York, ny
                      • peacheslarue
                        peacheslarueThursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm
                        me two!!!! Does that mean we both liv in Illinios!!
                      • ckMonday, December 15, 2014 at 8:40 am
                        gross....reindeer droppings