Saturday, February 28, 2009

Incident at SeaWorld


Wow. I heard this story last night from a friend and I just can't get over it.

A woman has a young son with Down's Syndrome. She decides to take him to SeaWorld in San Diego for the day. She plots everything out, gets him in the car, and they make the long drive from Los Angeles to Sea World.

Her son is super excited. Everything is going pretty well. They arrive and Mom purchases the tickets. She is putting her change back in her wallet when she raises her head and sees that her son is gone. GONE. She cannot see him anywhere. She looks around frantically and calls out his name. He is nowhere to be found. Panic-stricken, she continues her search and cannot find him anywhere. She notifies SeaWorld security, and the search begins. Security looks for him throughout the park, but nobody can find him. They check security cam footage, and still no sign of him. The search drags on and on, and Mom is panicked. Hours pass, and still nothing. Mom is beside herself, as it is late in the day, getting dark, and the park is about to close.

Then, as Mom is waiting at the front of the park right before closing time, her son comes out of nowhere. He is F-I-L-T-H-Y. Aboslutely filthy. And he reeks. He smells and looks awful. And he just says, "Hi Mom. Are you ready to go?"

Mom is furious and relieved and angry, but happy to have her son back. She marches him to their car and remarks at how dirty and stinky he is. She is seething, but also relieved that her son is ok.

Mom takes her son back to the hotel they are staying at, and tells him to get inside and take a bath right away. Son says, "Okay".

Son goes in the bathroom and locks the door behind himself. Mom sits on the bed and tries to calm down and relax after one of the most stressful days of her life. As she starts to unwind, she can hear her son playing in the bathtub just having the time of his life: he is singing, splashing, slapping around in the water, just having a blast.

After about 20 minutes, Mom tells son that he has been in the tub long enough, and that it is time to get out.

Son says, "No, I am having a good time in here."

Mom is a little perplexed, but she lets him continue.

After about another 20 minutes, Mom tells the son again that it is time to get out of the tub.

Son says, "No, I am having a good time in here!"

Mom thinks this is really strange, so she goes to the bathroom door and rattles it. It is locked. She can hear her son inside of the bathroom and knows he is ok. But she tells him to unlock the door, NOW.

Son says, "NO."

Mom says, "UNLOCK THE DOOR NOW!"

Son says, "NO!"

Mom is livid. She calls the hotel front desk, explains the situation, and asks them to please come to her room and unlock the bathroom door for her.

A hotel employee shows up a few minutes later, and fiddles with the door and unlocks it.

Mom and hotel employee open the bathroom door and see her son is in the bathtub PLAYING WITH A PENGUIN. PLAYING WITH A PENGUIN!!! Her son had smuggled a little penguin out of Sea World by stuffing it in his backpack!!!!!

The Mom and hotel employee are stunned!!!!

Mom calls SeaWorld and says, "Look, I don't have time to explain everything, but I have one of your penguins. Send someone to pick it up."

SeaWorld says, "Lady, we don't have time for your prank calls. Get a life."

Mom says, "Go and take a count of your penguins. When you find one is missing, call me back and then you can pick it up."

SeaWorld calls her back moments later and says, "We have a missing penguin. Where do we pick it up?"

Mom gives SeaWorld the address of her hotel, and SeaWorld dispatches a team to retrieve the missing penguin.

Penguin Recovery Team shows up at the hotel and they tell the boy they have to take the penguin. The boy loses it and screams, "BUT THAT IS MY PENGUIN! THAT IS MY PENGUIN! THAT. IS. MY. PENGUIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

SeaWorld takes the penguin and tells Mom, "Do not ever tell anyone about this incident. We do not need people knowing that a child with Down's Syndrome was able to smuggle one of our penguins out so easily."

Well, I haven't been able to verify this story, but I sure love it. And I sure wish I had a penguin!

28 comments:

Fresh Paper said...

Great story! I hope it's true.

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sexypoet said...

OMG! when she found her kid after he was missing, she didn't notice the penguin he was smuggling? (thats classic)

Improbable Joe said...

Even if it isn't true, it SHOULD be true! I want a penguin too!

E.K. said...

That's crazy!

Awesome Sara said...

Is it true??? I want me a penguin! It can help me my Go Girl

drollgirl said...

i am pretty sure the story is true. the mom in the story works with my co-worker's wife, so i don't think the story is b.s.

sadly i bet they have tightened security around the penguin pen by now, otherwise i would be tempted to go get one.

Char said...

that's crazy insane - I can't believe but, it's so crazy you almost HAVE to believe it.

...love Maegan said...

omg .....OMG ....THAT'S INSANE ... well, even if it's not true ...it's such a great story to read!!!!!

Clare said...

I can't believe that! OMG. How could she not notice a penguin in the car on the way to the hotel?? This was fun to read. I want a Penguin too. I have a great childrens book for my daughter to read when she is older that her godmother gave me years ago because she knows that I love penguins called Mr. Poppers Penguins. Its a must read!

Diana said...

Sea World is a jerk. I hate how they told the mom to never tell anyone. They could have easily made it marketing ad "Our Penguins are so awesome, people want to take them".

Rachel said...

Penguins are great! Aren't they loud though? Now that I think about it, I have never heard a penguin squawk, but surely the mum would have heard it shuffling and flapping?

Awesome story, anyway!

Alan Negative said...

god, please be a true story.

The Seeker said...

OMG what a great story and I also hope it's true

xoxo

thereddeer said...

Hilarious! I thought when you started the story that something awful was going to happen - but that is quite a funny ending.

one little simitopian said...

BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!!
Please be true please be true please be true please be true

Kitten said...

I'm surprised I haven't seen this one on the news yet.

boylerpf said...

GREAT story! I can't imagine the kid getting the penquinn out without anyone knowing!!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Omg I want a penguin so bad. That kid is so lucky. At least he got one for a little while.

legally stylish said...

ahhahaha i cant believe i was so interested in this story like you dont even know. i thought something was gonna happen to the kid. great suspense story although im sure it wasnt one hahaha. wow i go to SD all the time, must tell the BF we should smuggle a penguin.

Cathy Voyage said...

Thank you for your nice comment!
OMG, what a crazy story!

Cassey Bunny said...

OMG! well i'm just thankful both the kid and the penguin is okay.

Elizabeth said...

haha i sure hope that story is true.

Connie Hsiu said...

oh my gosh...

hahah i read the whole thing...that cuuraazy!

creative kerfuffle said...

lol----i LOVE penguins but honestly never thought about smuggling one out : ) he he he and i'm glad the story ended well because i too was thinking it was going to be something horrible had happened to the little boy. my cousin has downs (he's in his 30s) but i could see him doing something like this : ) he he he

Girl Japan said...

haha lol I wonder if this is true... is so what a great happy funny but weird and quirky ending.

Penny said...

I sure as hell hope this story is true,it's hilarious.GO Penguin Boy!

Tanya Espanya said...

Am I a killjoy if I tell you guys it's not true?