Everybody wants a souvenir

Yesterday we went to the National Zoo in DC.  If you ever have the chance to do that, I recommend it.  We had a good time.  Our two year old daughter was so excited (I know so because she kept saying, “I’m so excited” as we went through the zoo) to watch the elephants get a bath and see the lion eat his lunch.  It was a great day of family time.  At the end of the day, I bought my daughter and my niece (who was with us) a little souvenir panda purse and it got me thinking about a true story that I had heard about a little boy and his zoo trip: (places have been omitted to protect the innocent…and the zoo)

A mother took her 5 year old son to the zoo.  It was a great day.  They had fun all day looking at the giraffes, the seals and the tigers.  They decided to go see the penguins.  As they were standing at the penguin exhibit, the mom looked down at her son…he was nowhere to be found.  He was right there a minute ago, standing right beside her and now he is nowhere to be seen.  She starts to panic, “O know, someone stole my son”, “He got lost” and all kinds of other thoughts go through her head.  She looks back down at the spot where he was supposed to be and…he is standing right there.  He wasn’t there a minute ago and now he is standing right next to her.  She says to him, “That’s it. We’re done.  I have had enough excitement for one day. Let’s go home.” As her heart rate returned to normal, they went home.  As they were sitting at the table, she couldn’t help but notice that her son smelled like fish. “you stink, go upstairs and take a bath.” She said.  “Okay Mom!” said the little boy.

As she was cleaning up dinner, she thought it might be a good idea to check on her son in the bath.  She walks up the stairs, she hears splashing.  She opens the door to the bathroom and starts to scream.  There in the bath tub, with the little boy, is a real life penguin.  Apparently, that is where the little boy went.  He found a way to get into the penguin exhibit and he put this little penguin in his backpack and took it home.  SHe doesn’t know what to do, so she calls the zoo and they send a team to come and transport the penguin back to the zoo.  No charges filed, in fact it didn’t make it on the news either (the zoo doesn’t want people trying to figure out how to steal a penguin). 

The moral of the story: Always pay for your souvenirs.  They don’t smell like fish!

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