WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Tinker may be miniature — as in a miniature horse — but he's a big money raiser for the Salvation Army.
He uses his mouth to hold and ring a red bell and also picks up with his mouth a "Thank You Merry Christmas" sign. He can also bow and give kisses.
Major Roger Ross, a Salvation Army commander, said Tinker is one of their biggest money raisers in the area: He brings in 10 times the amount of a regular bell ringer.
"A good kettle for a couple of hours brings in about $250, and for the same time period (Tinker and his owners) have been known to bring in $2,500," he said. "They line up to put money in the kettle."
The 13-year-old horse, who's brown, black, grey and white, has been ringing for four seasons.