Reindeer poop ornament: Pat McGonigle licks it on-air

6:55 AM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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Bloomington, Ill (CNN) -- Get a whiff of this!

If you're looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season, how about reindeer poop? More specifically, dehydrated reindeer poop that's been painted and turned into jewelry and ornaments?

Now don't poo-poo the idea just yet. The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois has been selling reindeer poop gifts for five years now, with orders coming in from around the world and they remain a hit with the locals.

"They come into the gift shop and they'll be standing in front of the display and they'll say, 'Where are the reindeer ornaments?', because they heard about them," said  Susie Ohley of the Zoological Society.  "They'll say, 'Oh, they're right in front of us!' And they can't believe it, because they're kind of cute."

If you're still turning up your nose at the idea, keep this in mind-- the poop for sale has been fully sanitized.

Rumor has it, if you display the droppings on Christmas Eve, it helps Santa and his reindeer find their way home.

If you want proof the reindeer droppings are safe, click on the video player and watch NewsChannel 5's Pat McGonigle lick the reindeer poop ornament and watch NewsChannel 5's Jennifer Blome's reaction.


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