Zoo’s Disgusting Donation Big Draw

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April 25, 2011; Source: Star Advertiser | Sometimes you just have to do something unexpected to get the attention of a new audience. In that vein, in Hilo, Hawaii, the Pana¬‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens was lucky enough to get on loan from an anonymous donor a nine year old flower that, when in bloom, stinks like a rotting body.

The Amorphophallus titanium, which only blooms for 48 hours once in a decade is commonly known as the corpse flower and caused a whole different crowd to begin lining up before the gates even opened on Easter Sunday when it began emitting the “malodorous smell of decaying flesh”. Watch below a time-lapse video of one of these monsters blooming.—Ruth McCambridge