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Featured Video: The Return of Tinker, the Bell-Ringing Mini Horse

Tinker is a star fundraiser for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.

By Leslie Potter | November 30, 2016

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It’s been four years since we first met Tinker, a Mini Horse in Wisconsin who dons a Santa hat, performs tricks, and rings a bell as part of the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle holiday fundraiser. Tinker is still at it, as we see in the report from CBS 58 above.

"Every year he gets more and more popular,” says Carol Takacs, Tinker’s owner. "People walk by and they say, ‘Okay, that’s cute...’ but then they realize that he does actually pick up a bell and ring it, and they really think that’s neat. So it’s fun to be with him.”

Tinker and Carol have some extra help courtesy of Tallulah, Tinker’s canine companion who looks quite comfortable perched on the Mini’s back.

Back in 2012, the Associated Press reported that Tinker solicits 10 times the donations of the average human bell-ringer, and he’s been at it since 2010. That’s a lot of cash for charity over the years. Keep up the good work, Tinker.

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Bea    Ocala, FL

11/26/2017 3:51:38 AM

WOW couldn't get it to come up. SIGH!

Marion    Sussex, NJ

12/31/2016 3:58:27 AM

Tinker, I hope that you raised more money for the SSA than any person ever did! Congrats on a job well done!

Jenny    Somewhere, CT

12/15/2016 5:29:45 AM

Oh how adorable and I bet that Tinker out shines all the other Bell Ringers around the world! You Rock Tinker!

pKL    Northern Part, WY

12/12/2016 5:40:47 AM

Great idea, everyone loves to come see a cute little mini and of course drop something in the red kettle.

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