Get rich quick: Make ornaments, jewelry from reindeer droppings. Hey, it worked for an Illinois zoo
Necklaces and Christmas ornaments made from dime-sized pieces of reindeer droppings have earned a Bloomington, Ill., zoo nearly $21,000 this holiday season.
The Miller Park Zoological Society made about $5,000 selling reindeer-dropping ornaments last year. It added necklaces this year when customers asked if jewelry was available.
The reindeer droppings are dehydrated, sterilized and spray-painted with glitter. They're called "Magical Reindeer Gems."
The ornaments cost $7.50 at the zoo's gift shop or $10 by mail. The necklaces sell for $15 at the gift shop, or $20 by mail.
The zoological society says the ornaments and necklaces sold nationwide. Requests also came in from other countries, but federal regulations don't allow reindeer droppings to be exported.
-- Associated Press
Photo: A reindeer at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2005. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times