A very concerned gecko butt-dialed a veterinarian multiple times on Tuesday trying to book an appointment.
Or more like foot-dialed.
Dr. Claire Simeone is a veterinarian working at the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center, an animal hospital on the island of Hawaii that cares for monk seals. Normally her days are spent caring for injured and orphaned monk seals (or as we like to call them: sea doggoes), but yesterday Dr. Claire got a call for a very unusual patient.
While she was out on lunch, Dr. Simeone got a call from the hospital. Thinking it might’ve been a resident with a question, she answered the call, but was met with silence. Thinking it might’ve been just a mistake she hung up, but then she got another call. Again, the only answer was silence.
This went on for 15 minutes. Nine completely silent phone calls, utterly ruining her lunch break and making Dr. Simeone think there might be some sort of emergency at the hospital.
She rushed back, and according to the Associated Press, was told that other hospital workers were receiving calls too. And that the calls were coming from inside the hospital.
Cue spooky music.
Rather than immediately jumping to the conclusion there was a serial killer on the loose, Dr. Simeone made the far more reasonable assumption that one of the hospital’s phones was on the fritz. She called her phone service provider who assured her that there weren’t any broken lines and that all the calls were coming from a phone inside the hospital.
This phone rep was a lot better than most and even went as far as helping Dr. Simeone out by directing her to the phone that must’ve been busted. Why else would it be sending calls randomly all afternoon?
But upon arriving at the phone, Dr. Simeone realized the truth: the phone was fine, and the calls were being made by a cold-blooded lizard. A gecko. Or more specifically, the gecko’s tiny feet.
THERE IS A GECKO SITTING ON THE TOUCHSCREEN OF THE PHONE, MAKING CALLS WITH HIS TINY GECKO FEET!!! This gecko has called me 15 times, and everyone in our recent call list. *Actual photo of telemarketer* @TMMC @GEICO @HawaiianTel pic.twitter.com/USyKeOiDbE— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
It turns out the gecko was just a new Geico employee trying to book Dr. Simeone to talk about her car insurance. Or it was just a gecko that found that LCD screen on her office phone to be kinda warm and decided to lounge around a bit. Either or.
Dr. Simeone shared her story on Twitter, where the Geico connection was not lost on the denizens of the social media platform. No word on how much she saved on her insurance though.