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Zoo Makes A Mint From Reindeer Droppings

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Zoo Makes A Mint From Reindeer Droppings

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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 reindeer droppings are dehydrated, sterilized and spray-painted with glitter. They're called "Magical Reindeer Gems."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The gift shop at the Bloomington, Illinois zoo has a hit stocking stuffer this year: necklaces and ornaments made from reindeer droppings. They are dehydrated and sterilized, then covered with glitter and repurposed as Magical Reindeer Gems. The zoo has made more than $20,000 off the reindeer bling and even received order from overseas, but it's against federal regulations to export reindeer dung.

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