April Fool in the Zoo
April Fool in the Zoo
If you work in a zoo office on the reception then April 1st is the worst day of the year. April Fools are out there in their hundreds. The Foolers and the Fools both apparently believing that what they are doing or have been hit with is a highly original joke and is very very funny.
Zoos don't think it is funny. They have heard it all before. There is nothing new under the sun as far as April Fools day is concerned.
Many Zoos will not answer the phone on the morning of April 1st. It is an utter and complete waste of time. The callers of the morning are divided into three types. Genuine enquires, Jokers and Fools.
The genuine callers want to know when the zoo will open and how much a ticket cost.
The Jokers ring and say "Can I speak to Mr G.Raffe Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!" I mean are zoo staff actually expected to believe this is funny? Really? Be assured that they do not. Zoo staff, if they can be bothered to answer the phone hope and pray that someone, somewhere may actually come up with something original.
Jokers are the reason that many zoos moved over to automated switchboards. Press button 1 for enquiries....long automated message answering every question you might like to ask and then some. Not answered? Press button 2 for Education etc
The April Fools
The April Fools are the gullible innocent parties in the morning attack on the zoo on April 1st. These have been set up by the Jokers. The Jokers will set up friends and innocents. Sometimes dozens of them and the titter away behind their hands believing how clever and amusing they are. And they are not!
Usually they will set up a friend or family member. It goes something like this:
Joker: "Someone rang and said they were interested in buying the car you advertised",
Fool: "Oh, that's good news. Did you take a message?"
Joker: "Yes, I scribbled it down, it is next to the phone."
Message reads - Ring Miss C.Lion on 074**98634
The innocent Fool will phone of course.
The wiser Fool will immediately realise they have been 'had' when the phone is answered with "Good Morning, this is the XYZ Zoo. how may I help you?".
The keyword zoo.....C.Lion....dawning realisation. The Fool hangs up.
The foolish Fool asks to speak to Miss C. Lion.
The zoo receptionist explains it is a joke and that the fool has been fooled. Here things can get complicated and even nasty because for some unfathomable reason the foolish Fool thinks it is the zoo who has telephoned and left the message. Why on earth? Explanations and arguments are largely a waste of time. The foolish Fool may listen to a detailed explanation and then hang up, only to phone moments later thinking that they must have dialed incorrectly the first time.
Meanwhile the joker may be there in the room with the fool practically dying with stifled laughter. Or they are down at the pub telling everybody just how clever they are for setting up so many.
April Fools Jokes are not funny for zoos. They waste half a day. It is a relief when the clock chimes 12 noon "April Fools is past and gone...you are the fool and I am none."
But it isn't really because the stupid Joker is playing the Fool all year long.
A small list of 'zoo' employees called on April 1st
Mr Don Key
Ms Anne Fibian
Miss Ann Teatah
Mr C Eagle
Mr C Lion
Mr Albert Ross
Mr Jim Panzie
Miss Ryna Soris
Mr G. Raffe
Miss Ali Gator
Miss Anna Conda
Mr Adolph Finn
Mr Ted E. Bear
Miss Ellie Fant