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Reindeer poop 'gems' raise $20K for zoo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- An Illinois zoo said its second annual fundraiser involving jewelry made from reindeer droppings raised $20,884 during the holiday season.

Susie Ohley, spokeswoman for the Miller Park Zoological Society in Bloomington, said the season's last two Christmas ornaments made from reindeer dung "gems" were sold Sunday, bringing the total from sales of ornaments and necklaces this year to more than four times the $5,000 total from 2008, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported Friday.

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"For sure this has been great for the zoo," Ohley said. "We are very appreciative of the support and attention this project has given us."

Ohey said the zoo sold approximately 300 "Magical Reindeer Gem" necklaces and more than 2,000 ornaments this year.

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