Not a Shaggy Dog in Sight  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
11/1/2005 6:42 am

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Not a Shaggy Dog in Sight

A colleague told me this story and she swears it's true . She seems to be the sort of person around whom the most bizarre things happen so I believe her! The words are mine; the story is as she told it ...

My friend Chantelle from Australia phoned last night. She and her other half, Alan, had taken their son, Peter, to the zoo the other day. They walked around for several hours with him ooh-ing and aah-ing and then Chantelle decided they should stop for a coffee.

There was a coffee stand with benches and picnic tables in a fenced-off play area for children so the adults sat, drank their coffee and talked while Peter played.
After a while, Peter wandered back, drenched from head to foot. When Chantelle asked what had happened, Peter just kept saying the same thing over and over: "I don't want to talk about it, I just want to go home".

Peter is a mild Down's Syndrome child and his parents are used to him having difficulties talking immediately about emotive topics and he was clearly unharmed - if unbelievably wet - so they shrugged their shoulders and headed home.

As soon as they got into the house, Peter ran into the bathroom and locked the door. After a short while, Chantelle and Alan started to get concerned. For an hour they tried to get Peter to open the door but he just kept saying he didn't want to. Eventually, Alan broke the door down ...

... and found Peter sitting in the bath with a baby penguin that he'd managed to get to in the zoo and had popped into his backpack.

And I thought my children had been a handful!


freetime648 52F

11/1/2005 7:23 am

Oh My sweet....illegal but sweet nonetheless.....he didn't keep the poor thing did he?? LOL

xx FREETIME648 xx

saddletrampsk 54F

11/1/2005 7:24 am

OMG..good thing little Peter didn't come home with a baby tiger..Did they at least let him keep it for all his trouble?

brightblonde3 58F

11/1/2005 7:24 am

Q, I think it's a real possibility. When the New Orleans aquarium was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and its residents needed to be relocated, I saw a news clip of the little penguin survivors arriving in California and just strolling out of their carriers very casually as if this were an everyday occurrence. A zoo baby penguin probably went with whomever picked him up.

Guess Peter doesn't get to keep it though, does he?


Wackytits 53F

11/1/2005 8:33 am

TQ....P..p..p..Pick up a penguin! Lol. xx

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
11/1/2005 7:36 pm

Well, there I was, waddling by this pool, minding my own business ....

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
11/1/2005 8:20 pm

The postscript is that Alan phoned the zoo and told them, full of apology, what had happened and the zoo demanded that they return the baby penguin forthwith. Alan responded with a sentence full of short words of Anglo Saxon origin and told them in no uncertain terms that if they wanted it back they'd better collect it.

They did too.

I can't help feeling sorry for Peter ... and I can't help wishing I could have been a fly on the wall as his parents tried to explain to him why what he'd done was wrong. Unfortunately, I guess, baby penguins grow up to be temperamental creatures with sharp beaks and a need to swim in something rather larger than a domestic bath tub. Unfortunately, I neglected to ask whether Alan and Chantelle had a swimming pool that they could convert to sea water!

Silhouette2005 ... Gum? Ironically, Son of Quiet in his earlier years was being pushed around the shops in his buggy and managed to collect a stuffed toy penguin. We must have been distracted as we didn't realise until we were almost home by which time we had absolutely no idea where it came from. It wasn't until a couple of years later that a friend spotted it and said, "Oh, lovely! That was from Store X, wasn't it?" by which time we thought it was a little late to return it. {sigh} my son the kleptomaniac ...

Wackytits ... You know, I almost gave that as the title but I thought it would rather give away the ending of the story!

hotandhorny107 58F

11/2/2005 6:29 pm

Amazing what children will do, my youngest was also a fledgling kleptomaniac about the age of 2 years. Any thing at his level in the store was game too. I had to be very careful about how close I was to shelves etc, or we would have been promptly arrested LOL

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
11/2/2005 8:12 pm

A fledgling kleptomaniac, hotandhorny? You mean your youngest also stole young birds?

AlbertPrince 58M

11/3/2005 1:35 am

I hear they are nice grilled with chips

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
11/4/2005 7:39 am

Albert! How disgusting!

I thought everyone knew the only way to eat penguin was oven-roasted with a nicoise salad

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