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Are tigers the 'dung' thing?

If you're wondering where you can get your gardening gloves on the latest horticultural craze – tiger dung – fear not! Lion dung or any big cat manure will do the trick for your tulips, according to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales experts.

So if your lobelias need a lift or your petunias look a bit poorly, why not get in touch with your local zoo, and ask them to provide the goods for your pride and joy?

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales's animal expert, Peter Howlett, says:

“Although there are some reports of success, the jury is still out as to whether using big cat dung in your garden works or not. The idea is sound as the neighbour's cat is likely to think another animal is already in residence and won't want to invade its territory.

“However, the drawbacks are that without an animal present it may not work for very long and the dung will need replacing very regularly to keep it fresh. So it could get expensive - and it might prove difficult to maintain a regular supply.”

But foxes and moggies beware! Big cats mean big smells! So the local stamping ground might not be quite the same once it's covered with big cat droppings!

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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales administers seven national museums across Wales. They are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

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