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 www.cityblm.org/parks/Miller-Park-Zoo

sources:millerparkzoo, pantagraph.com

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  • mayu0327
    mayu0327Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:08 am
    that is so cool! The only thing I hate about this is the dropping part.
    • Buyrightnow100Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:08 am
      This is an awesome idea! I would buy a thousand of those right away if I could. But the season's all over!
      • BuyrightSunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:07 am
        That's very creative!
        • Andre'yannaFriday, November 16, 2012 at 11:55 am
          I LOVE ONNAMENTS they rare soo... COOL
          • LukeTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:26 am
            I learned there is a really rare item in bloomington and is not available in stores
            • AudreyTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:23 am
              I think that is cool, creative, and a different thing than other necklace would have other than beads, stones, or silver/gold. Alot of people are probably buying this product for Christmas.
              • BrianneTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:18 am
                I think that it is really cool and nobody would ever really think of that. I learned that you can get these items at a zoo in Illinois. That idea that the Grandma is doing to leave that there is really nice of her.
                • willTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:17 am
                  i learned that poop is a quite usefull thing in some cases
                  • briannaTuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:17 am
                    what i learned in this article was that people are weird.. i mean what kind of person would wear reindeer poop around their neck.. or even want it on the christmas tree.? but i seriously learned that you can make jewelry & ornaments out of reindeer poop ;)
                    • patrickWednesday, November 30, 2011 at 5:17 am
                      this is nasty .i think this is dumb but smart. you can make money off of it.it is weird to sell poop but you make money.(money is being made off of it)