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York is famous for many things, such as its Roman Walls and the Jorvick Viking Centre.

But now the area has also been revealed to be the biggest buyer of elephant and rhino poo.

The odd statistic has been revealed by ShinyShack.com, who sells both as part of its range of unusual gift ideas.

Elephant Poo In A Box is sold as a novelty item for growing an angel rose, while Rhino Poo in a Box allows the owner to grow a banana plant.

Both use treated waste supplied by UK safari parks and zoos, to make them germ-free and odourless, without damaging the nutrients.

However, after an audit of their online sales in preparation for Christmas, managing director Tamer Shafik noticed that the elephant poo boxes sold twice as well in the York post code area as anywhere else in the UK.

"It's naturally a surprise that any single area should...

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