Peoples' Republic Sees Potential in Panda Byproduct

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Jul 31, 2007   Updated: Apr 7 2011 • References: & washingtonpost
Apparently 70% of Panda dung is indigestible bamboo that has been going to waste. No longer, the enterprising Chinese are sterilizing it and forming it into souvenirs ranging from bookmarks to Olympic-themed statues of the animals, state media officials said Monday.

"Nothing says “I love you” like a photo frame made from panda poop.

The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base has come up with a dung-for-profit scheme that turns droppings from the endangered species into odor-free souvenirs.The facility in the southwestern province of Sichuan houses about 40 bamboo-fed pandas who produce less than a ton of excrement a day.

“We used to spend at least 6,000 yuan ($770) a month to get rid of the droppings but now they can be lucrative,” Jing Shimin, assistant to the base director, was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The products will be made at a local handicraft company mostly from undigested bamboo culled from the panda waste through a special process, Xinhua said."

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