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Tiny Gecko Culprit Behind Dozens of Mystery Phone Calls to Veterinarian's Cell

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Does anyone like telemarketers? I usually try to ignore calls from unknown numbers. But sometimes I’ll receive a call from my area code and, without thinking, pick it up.

I usually feel bad, and let the salesperson give me their spiel. They are just doing their job, after all.

But have you ever received a silent call? I have, and usually I hang up right away, assuming it’s a prank or even someone who dialed a wrong number.

Well, one mystery caller recently pestered dozens of people by calling them from a line at the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center in Hawaii.

Dr. Claire Simeone, a marine mammal veterinarian and ocean conversationalist, was among the recipients of these silent calls.

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She went to the hospital to investigate the situation. What followed was a slew of hilarious tweets and gifs posted on Twitter that documented the entire thing.

“You are not going to believe this story,” Simeone wrote in her first tweet. “It’s one of the best things I’ve experienced this year. Hold tight for this roller coaster.”

The tweets went on to share how it all started. Simeone was grabbing lunch when the hospital called. She answered only to hear… nothing.

This happened again and again until she’d finally received 9 calls within a 15-minute time span. Afraid there was some sort of emergency with the seals she was caring for, Simeone quickly returned to the hospital.

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“I arrive,” she wrote in a later tweet. “All is calm. Did anyone call me? No one did. I get another call. It’s coming from inside the hospital.”

That’s when the odd incident turned into a super weird ordeal. Not only was Simeone receiving these calls, but other people were as well. And they weren’t too happy about it.

A call to Hawaiian Telcom informed Simeone there might be a problem with a specific line. It turns out the calls were coming from the phone in the lab.

What Simeone found was shocking and downright hilarious. A gecko was just chilling on the phone’s touchscreen, in a sense butt dialing everyone on the recent call list.

“Actual photo of telemarketer,” Simeone tweeted. This is certainly a story no one will soon forget. The viral tweets are making sure of that.

The next time you find yourself frustrated at the silence on the other end of a call, remember this story. You might just say hello to the gecko on the other line.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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