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Church gives away circus animal manure

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM

A 4-foot high by 10-foot wide pile of elephant, tiger, llama and camel dung was gone as of Tuesday from St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, the Lansing State Journal reported.

A traveling circus with more than 30 animals left the manure when it finished performing in the area on Aug. 17. The Oklahoma-based Kelly Miller Circus performed two shows for about 700 people.

The animal waste, advertised as exotic fertilizer, was offered to local residents who were willing to pick it up.

IvyLynn Olson, the church secretary, said St. Peter offered up the manure to the public because renting a trash bin would have been too expensive. She said the cost would have eliminated about half of the money the circus event raised.

Olson said the pile was gone within a day and a half.

"The last people came with a trailer," she said. "They just hauled it away and left the cutest note that said, 'The manure pile is gone. We'll have the only garden in Eaton Rapids fertilized by elephant, tiger, llama and camel poop.'"

Olson said there was so much interest from residents that the staff will likely make the exotic fertilizer available again if the circus returns next year.

"There have been enough people calling that if we'd had more we would have been able to get rid of it," she said. "There was that much interest."

The Kelly Miller Circus performed in Grand Haven on Tuesday.

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