Unusual reindeer jewelry sells at zoo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - November 24, 2009

The limited-edition Magical Reindeer Gem necklaces will debut Friday at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.

The $15 pendant necklaces contain dried, sterilized reindeer droppings - sprayed with glitter - on a beaded chain. They'll be available at the zoo's gift shop, or by mail for $20.

The ornaments are back, and 450 have already sold this season. About 1,500 are still available for $7.50, or $10 by mail.

Miller Park Zoological Society spokeswoman Susie Ohley admits it's a bit silly but estimates the zoo could make $16,500. The zoo lost $200,000 under city budget cuts this year.

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