Gardeners in the United States have found that lion's manure is ideal for keeping unwanted animals out of their flower beds and off their lawns.
GV Lions lying under trees (3 shots)
LV Lion on road
GV Rhinoceroses (3 shots)
Game warden interviewed.....
COCHRAN: I was a little surprised at first. I was pretty sure they didn't quite know what they were asking for. It's a little more "odouriffic"....more pungent than most people would believe. It's super strong stuff.
REPORTER: "How do you go about gathering up?"
COCHARAN: "With the greatest of care, our rangers have to go out early in the morning to the places where the lions were at night and where the lions move from the morning. They gather it up and put it in little plastic bags which are sealed tightly and then we'll sell them to the customers that want them."
REPORTER: "Doug, what do you charge for lion manure; you've got so much of it?"
CONCHRAN: We do have a considerable quantity with a hundred lions. However, it's asking quite a bit of our employees to get up first thing in the morning and to go out into a lion area and shovel so we have to something to reimburse them for a duty, beyond the call of duty, shall we say.
"It seems that some enterprising gardener discovered - don't ask me how---what would keep deer, rabbit and other animals out of his garden. The word began to slowly spread among the pick-and-shovel set and the demand began to grow for the king of beasts -- the left overs. There was one slight problem-where to get it. The search led to Lion Country Safari outside Atlanta. They appeared to have a large, almost inexhaustible supply of lion manure, as well as rhino, elephant, zebra and other exotic varieties. Suddenly, there were so many people asking for lion leavings that Lion Country soon found itself cleaning up in the manure business.
"It's easy to understand how the manure keeps the deer away. The aroma could most likely keep a herd or rampaging bull elephants out of your petunias. So now for five dollars you can buy a fifteen pound sack of lion leavings for your garden and let chips fall where they may"
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This film is serviced with a commentary by TVN reporter Adny Johnston who interviewed Cochran.
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Background: Gardeners in the United States have found that lion's manure is ideal for keeping unwanted animals out of their flower beds and off their lawns.
No one is quite sure who first came across the idea. But a lion park just outside Atlanta, Georgia, has been doing increasingly business selling it's lions' leavings.
The Park's manager, Doug Cochran was surprised at the requests for lions' munure at first. But despite the difficulties and unpleasantness involved in collecting the manure, he said it was good business.