Funnily enough, the title of this post is not only incredibly fitting, but also the first time ever I’ve used the site’s name in a semi-serious context. Actually, it won’t be that serious at all, but perhaps a bit sad, if anything. No, I’m not shutting down the site – it’s not that fatal.

Yesterday, I was in the Zoo with my girlfriend, which is around 5 minutes on bike, from where I live. Good stuff. Naturally, I was looking forward to seeing my gnu-brothers, especially now that I live so close to them, and got myself a seasonal card. However, it turned out that the trip ended in sadness. Upon entering the Zoo, we noticed that the dear wildebeests wasn’t on the overview map, but discarded the thought, as not every animal was on there anyway. Sadly, the fear was confirmed – there wasn’t any wildebeests to be found, and they weren’t hiding.

So, in my disappointment, I wrote a mail to the Zoo later in the evening. I figured it might be good to keep it in a natural tone, as the might give the false illusion that I was trolling. I translated it to English for your reading pleasure:

Hi Zoo,

I had a trip to the Zoo yesterday, and was as always looking forward to seeing the wildebeests again. Sadly, it looked like they’d been removed, and isn’t anywhere to be found in the park anymore. What’s the reason for that, and is it temporary or permanent?

Kind regards,
Emil Erik Hansen

This morning, I got a reply back, which itself it somehow a miracle, but I was somehow shocked at the contains of it. Again, translated to English.

There was sadly a bit too much trouble with the wildebeests – so Zoo have been forced to sending them away – they’re at the Palmur Zoo in France.

The thought is to get water bucks instead – they are a little delayed and probably won’t be here until the fall.


Disregarding the fact that nothing can ever replace wildebeests, it seems like they were causing trouble. There’s no real details as to why, but my immediate thought was that they got into one little fight, and their handlers got scared, and said “You’re moving in with your auntie and uncle and in Palmur”.

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gnueless — 3 Comments

  1. Awwww. That's devastating. Now I'm angry that I won't be able to see the wildebeests!

    But I did enjoy your “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reference. I didn't even have to watch the video to catch that one. ;)

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