Attention Hotel Elite Guests: Detroit Zoo is Pricing Giraffes at $80,000

As Detroit tries to get its awful fiscal situation in order it has priced giraffes in its zoo at $80,000.

Detroit’s going-out-of-business sale is looking to be quite the affair. The Detroit Free Press examined the disparate and sometimes unusual assets left in the city that may be sold in order to pay off its debts

And a giraffe, of course, is the ultimate hotel status amenity.

I wonder if I could get Detroit to just rent me a giraffe? $80,000 is still rather pricey, as cool as it would be to walk into a hotel with one and slap down my Diamond elite card.

(No final decision has been made on what Detroit will sell off. They are simply identifying and valuing assets in order to make decisions about what to sell of at this point.)

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  1. Even better would be to acquire a giraffe and train it as a service animal. You’ll forever be a neck up on other DYKWIA travelers when you and your giraffe are upgraded to first class.

    Also good for encounters with TSA…

  2. The Detroit Zoo allows their animal to live like the wild animals they are. They are not like the poor, abused circus animals. No training them with bull hooks, nor made to perform painful tricks. This is really not a funny situation.

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