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August 04, 2005

Suspicious Parcel In France Contains Elephant Poop

They made a big production out of it, but to be fair to the French police, elephant poop is suspicious. I mean, what the hell do you do with it? I can't imagine it's part of a potpourri.

[No link, I was just sent the article in full, without a URL.]

Envelope containing elephant poo sparks alarm

CERGY, France, Aug 4 (AFP) - An envelope leaking a strange pinkish powder sparked an alert in a Paris suburban post office, but tests revealed the substance to be nothing more than desiccated elephant dung, police said Thursday.

With France on high terrorism alert following the London bombings last month, postal workers in a sorting centre in the northwestern suburb of Bonneuil-en-France took no chance when they noticed the strange envelope from Sri Lanka with the powder inside.

After police were called in, six employees who had been exposed to the powder were subjected to medical examinations.

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Police said the envelope was addressed to a Paris-based immigrant from Sri Lanka who apparently used the pachydermal poo for traditional religious rites.

Traditional religious rites? Okay, whatever. Who knows.

But pink? What sort of elephant was this?

Thanks to Greg.



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