The Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province has asked paper mills to turn the endangered animals’ droppings into souvenirs such as post cards and stickers.

Because pandas eat bamboo, their droppings do not smell bad. Pandas at the research base produce more than 100 tons of droppings a year. Transforming the droppings into souvenirs would reduce rubbish and increase tourism earnings, researchers said.

A zoo in Thailand has already used panda droppings to make souvenirs.


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