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 â€œI love youâ€ 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.
â€œWe used to spend at least 6,000 yuan ($770) a month to get rid of the droppings but now they can be lucrative,â€ 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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