Think Asia is a source for some strange attractions? You're right.
A Taiwanese zoo plans on using animal poop as an "educational tool" for patrons, especially young boys according to a Feb. 10 report by Central News Agency. Officials at the Taipei Zoo will lure more visitors by slicing up excrement which they hope will give people insight into the animals' diet and breeding behavior.
This is a novel approach since business schools typically don't teach future managers to use feces as bait for increasing revenue. For the month of February, the zoo's caretakers will explain the rectal waste of leopards, African elephants and koalas three times a week.
The objects aren't miniscule. Elephant droppings can be the size of up to seven pizzas stacked on top of each other. Whether or not onlookers will be able to withstand the foul odor is another matter.
Zoo officials said they were inspired to start the program after watching the movie "Life of Pi". Movie buffs may be scratching their heads and wonder where the connection lies since the Hollywood film involves an Indian boy sailing on a small boat with a Bengal tiger. But alas, one idea leads to a another.
"We want to capitalize on the curiosity generated by the movie," said project manager Lin Jun-lan. "Somehow the poo topic is very stimulating for boys from 5 to 9 years old. They could be our target audience during winter vacation." She added that young boys seem to be the demographic most fascinated by the subject.
Is that a Freudian analysis? Just don't show them "Two Girls One Cup".
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