PDA

View Full Version : Oddest animals you've found at work?


Rosakala
08-01-2006, 04:56 PM
I'm curious, what are some of the strangest animals you've ever seen at your workplace? I'm sure we're all familier with the occasioanl dog or bird and what not, but what about some others? We had a 4 ft snake sneak in through our Garden Center yesterday and terrify a few customers before it was caught.

And while not actually in the store I discovered that we have a gator that lives in the retention pond thats not 30 feet away from the side of our store. :eek:

Irving Patrick Freleigh
08-01-2006, 05:41 PM
I'm told that one night we had a raccoon going through the garbage cans in front of the store.

The raccoon then walked in front of the exit doors, and paused at every window to look inside.

It might have been cool to watch, but raccoons are nasty nasty animals.

RecoveringKinkoid
08-01-2006, 05:46 PM
[QUOTE=

And while not actually in the store I discovered that we have a gator that lives in the retention pond thats not 30 feet away from the side of our store. :eek:[/QUOTE]

So I'm reading this and thinking "Florida." Then I look up and see I'm right.

I'm a freaking psychic. ;)

LostMyMind
08-01-2006, 05:48 PM
Raccoons are actually very clean, unless rabid. Just never corner one, that's all.

I guess, I'm weird, because I don't consider any animal unless it's a exotic type to be out of place. But skunks would be up on the top of my list of "weird".

protege
08-01-2006, 06:04 PM
Raccoons are actually very clean, unless rabid. Just never corner one, that's all.

I second that. They get nasty and *will* attack you if cornered. Usually though, they'll run away first, unless they have rabies. Groundhogs are another critter that gets nasty if cornered--I've had to chase a few of each from my grandmother's porch...after I'd found them raiding my cat's food dish. Again, usually they'll run away if I yell at them. However, I did have an encounter with a rabid groundhog--he wouldn't leave, even after I'd hit him with the broom. The only way to chase him away, was to get the pitchfork and jab him with it. He took off across the field, and disappeared. Good thing too, as I'm sure one of the neighbors would have shot him.

Getting back on topic, we haven't had any exotic animals at the office...unless you count the mouse behind the 'fridge some years ago.

Jpurple
08-01-2006, 06:08 PM
Geckos- lots and lots of geckos and various other lizards. Of course, they're native to Thailand, so you get used to it.
I've never seen it, but apparently there's a very large (5 foot!) lizard that likes to swim in the pool at school.

Becks
08-01-2006, 06:09 PM
Last year, we supposedly had some a possum (or was it a hedgehog? I didn't see it, just heard about it) wander into the store.

I'm still waiting for our breeding pair of ducks to wander into the store sometime next late winter/early spring...

Bella_Vixen
08-01-2006, 07:30 PM
Raccoons, ducks, chipmunks, deer.

A couple months ago, my boss saw a wild turkey crossing our parking lot.

Horsetuna
08-01-2006, 08:07 PM
In the casino not so much - its in a mall in the middle of the city so not really any wildlife.

At the Zoo though there's plenty of critters. I saw an exotic looking cockroach crawl out of the jungle area and sit near the food areas of the cafe (The cafe is now closed.). Not to mention the starlings and other jungle birds in the conservatory who try to steal our salads.

Then there's the free ranging peacocks. Of course, these peacocks lay eggs and have babies. Very cute babies I must say.

Of course, EVERYONE feeds the cute babies fries and stuff, and they become very tame... we tell them not to but they dont listen. Even workers feed them.

And of course, Little Baby Peacocks become Really Big Peacocks.

And what do they do? They still want fries!

They figured out how to jump into the serving window at the burger shack... and all the girls (and a few of the guys) are terrified of these birds when they do that. I've had to chase and catch-release peacocks who get into the burger shack all the time cause nobody else wanted to go near them!

Then there's the fact that these very bold peacocks will actually CHASE little kids and steal their fries and hot dogs. I saw one walk right up to a kid, who stood there staring stupidly at the bird holding a hot dog, then reach out and snatch the dog up, swallowing it whole! :devil:

Poor kid was so upset, but it was hilariously funny.


One time, after I had left, there was an 'escaped animal' alarm at the zoo - a tiger was missing! :eek:

This was the first time in Zoo history (Thirty or more years) that this alarm had gone out - but everyone knew what to do.

Fortunately. They had only miscounted the tigers. Everyone was where they should be. *phew*


Oh, one more... At the Calgary Stampede Grounds, there's events year round. Pony auctions, rodeos, bull riding, racing...

Well, one time one of the Riding Bulls got loose. And we're not talking meat cattle but those huge things you see on Television ripping Cowboys apart and stuff.:eek: I didnt have a radio that morning, my supervisor drove by in the van and said "There's a bull on the loose! If you see it, get into the booth and dont come out!"

Said booth is about as structurally sound as a Particle Wood outhouse, only larger.

I never did see the bull :cry: But I did see three horse trailers and two front end loaders drive to the far end of my (large) lot... where the bull apparently was.

I'm told these bulls dont like reflective traffic vests though... friend said one got loose during the Stampede itself one year, and ripped through two fences into a Parking lot... took one look at him in the vest and howled, turned, and ran the other way.

That's all I can think of for now, save the occasional escaping lizard and fish in a reptile shop.

April
08-01-2006, 08:43 PM
Nothing interesting. A couple birds from the pet store every now and again

Broomjockey
08-01-2006, 09:18 PM
We had a pigeon die on our loading dock. We opened the door, and there it was, sitting on the ledge, dead. Coworker was creeped, I grabbed a broom and dustpan, swept it up and threw it in our garbage compactor.

The funny one was one summer there was an insane number of grasshoppers around, and at least one got in. It was sitting on the counter, and I didn't wanna kill it, so I try to brush it so it'll jump on to the floor. Instead it decided to jump the otherway, on to a lady I was helping. On to her, um, chest. I winced, expecting a freak out, instead she just brushed it off on to the floor I was aiming at in the first place.

digilight
08-01-2006, 10:05 PM
When I worked at the summer camp we had bears try and go thru the dumpsters (thank goodness for bear bars on them). We also had deer, mice, racoons, scorpions, tarrantulas, rattle snakes, and various other critters (beings as it was a camp in the mountians though I don't think it really counts. The tarrantula highway was pretty cool though, for about a week we had a migration of tarrantulas where they all followed the same path down the mountian and thru part of the camp near the cabins. We all learned very quickly to watch where we stepped.

PuckishOne
08-01-2006, 11:06 PM
We had a dead duck at the side entrance to our building not long ago. Just looked like he died right there of natural causes. Last week we had a bald eagle land in the trees directly across from our windows, so we had a little nature interlude during the day, which was very cool. There are also supposedly beavers living in the canal that runs through our office park, but I've not seen them.

Generally speaking the only animals I deal with while on the clock are the ones on the other end of the phone line. :p

Spiffy McMoron
08-01-2006, 11:13 PM
Back while working at Crappy Tire, just a week or two after I started, there was a tiny kitten that found its way into the outer warehouse, and made it a home. It lived on the mice that were there, and even managed to bring down a small pidgeon. :eek:

But it kept on triggering alarms, so it had to go. We baited it with cat food, and finally trapped it one night. Not wanted to see it go to the pound, my roommate volenteered to take it home. At first it hid in the basement, and barely made a peep. Finally, she started to come out of her shell, and now it's the biggest suck-up love whore in the world.

Don't you just love a happy story? :D

Ringtail Z28
08-01-2006, 11:56 PM
The Target dump I used to work at was really close to some creeks and runoffs from the ocean, so there were all kinds of animals in the area. Various seabirds were the most common, gulls (aka shithawks) and pelicans were always around the parking lot. Ducks from the pond at a nearby retirement community would show up once in a while.

Skunks would always show up at night, no employees ever got sprayed that I know of, skunks do a pretty good job of letting you know they don't want to be messed with long before they start spraying. Opossums tend to pop up too, along with the odd fox. You wouldn't think that a tiny little fox could stink worse than a regular size dog, funky things.

Rats were the real problem though. The damn things were everywhere in the stockroom. No matter how many we killed they just kept right on coming.

Der Cute
08-02-2006, 03:03 AM
Hmm.

I've had a tiny little mouse come into the Garden Center...he was sick, wasnt moving much, and I gave him a bit of birdseed.
He said thanks, and died of natural causes later that day. I had named him Meatball for the afternoon, cuz my cats would think of him that way.

I've seen foxes IN THE CITY, feral cats, a beaver dam pretty close to a resturaunt, and porcupines waddling down the street.

Iv'e seen Eagle Nests pretty darn close, ravens fighting over leftover burgers...

Fresh salmon in the water..Dall sheep walking around eating greens..

The only thing I havent seen yet is a bear.

Cute

Argabarga
08-02-2006, 03:11 AM
Fruit bats got into the pneumatic tubing system that accounting uses to send payroll/cash to the various subdepartments. Not odd animals, bats are everywhere around here at night, but certainly you don't expect them to come flying out of the tube at you, I wasn't there the day it happened to the ladies in accounting, but the maintenance guy said he heard the scream all the way in the back :D

Fire_on_High
08-02-2006, 10:49 AM
At work we had the usual supply of "lot cats"...including a gorgeous family of bobtailed dilute calicos, that I've seen various members of over the past 5 or so years. Nothing too exotic but they really were lovely.

Had more interesting animal experieces at home. Growing up we had a possum who started by scouting the back porch and over the span of a year or so got so tame from being fed she would take bread directly from our hands and waddle up leading her babies to us when they were big enough. Gotta say, baby possums are so ugly they're adorable...

Maybe 4, 5 years ago a neighbor's pet rat got loose and somehow survived crossing the road and dodging the local dogs and cats well enough to manage to make her way over here. We look out the side door and there's an obviously very tame, VERY pregnant black and white rat waddling around looking lost...came running as fast as her legs and belly allowed when we opened the door, looking hopefully up at us. Decided to try and pick her up and sure enough she was very friendly....would have loved to keep her but a few days before she gave birth the neighbor came over and saw her,so we gave her back. He'd thought she was dead for sure when she got out the door while her cage was being cleaned.

South Texan
08-02-2006, 05:36 PM
I'm curious, what are some of the strangest animals you've ever seen at your workplace?
You mean besides the ones that you have to wait on and call customers?

LostMyMind
08-02-2006, 07:03 PM
Then there's the free ranging peacocks. Of course, these peacocks lay eggs and have babies. Very cute babies I must say.
Wow, that brings back memories. Peacocks while I've never seen them in stores. But while I was growing up, for some old reason they flocked to near my parents house. So I saw alot of peacocks growing up. And they do get big (for birds anyway)

Cia
08-02-2006, 08:07 PM
Well before they tore down the trees and put in a strip mall behind where I work there was a colony of feral cats. One rainy day a straggly kitten decided that it would be better inside our building. It was named Pegleg because one of it's front legs was malformed - the leg ended at its wrist with no paw to speak of. My brother took it home with him. Peggy grew up, had kittens and disappeared - maybe eaten by a coyote or mountain lion.

Kogarashi
08-02-2006, 09:26 PM
We just had one very large bird (somewhere between robin- and pigeon-sized) invade our warehouse-ceilinged Wal-Mart. Most of the birds we get there are sparrows and their close cousins, who like to hang out above the McDonald's in the store and eat children's dropped french fries. But this larger bird hung out at the registers and seemed to take a massive dislike to one CSM--and only one. This bird would dive-bomb the poor woman incessantly. There were at least three CSMs on duty, so it couldn't have been the red vest. Eventually, someone ran to get a net on a pole from Sporting Goods to try to catch it.

Spiffy McMoron
08-02-2006, 10:42 PM
You mean besides the ones that you have to wait on and call customers?

I would classify most of them as minerals or vegetables, not animals. :p

red hot pegasus
08-03-2006, 12:27 AM
Once while tending to the plants on the front sidewalk when I worked at KMart,
Inoticed a stange animal hiding behind the benches. I must've jumped 10 ft in the air when I realized it was a bat!!! Thankfully,it flew away never to be seen again
(at least not by me). Can you imagine explaining to worker's comp why they need to pay for someone to undergo treatment for rabies?

Antisocial_Worker
08-03-2006, 02:50 AM
So far I've had to deal with snakes in the back staircase, some kind of weird brown lizard in Room 122, slugs in the lobby, and a passel o' stray cats in the parking lot.

My mother was visiting me here at work one night and we were sitting in the laundry room talking when we kept hearing a meowing sound from the dryer exhaust vents. Eventually, I went around back to see if there really was a cat back there, only to find two vicious little kittens, one of whom bit me, and then proceeded to bite my mother. One of them calmed down after a while but the other one we had to wrap up tightly in a towel -- sort of a little kitty straitjacket -- before my mother could take them home, where they've since grown up into fat, contented attention whores.

BigPete
08-03-2006, 03:08 AM
I hope this isn't too strange, but I'm raising a few sea gulls. their names are:

Bernard
Jose
Vladmir
Pinky
Mike
Ricky

BigPete
08-03-2006, 03:14 AM
Hmm.

I've had a tiny little mouse come into the Garden Center...he was sick, wasnt moving much, and I gave him a bit of birdseed.
He said thanks, and died of natural causes later that day. I had named him Meatball for the afternoon, cuz my cats would think of him that way.

I've seen foxes IN THE CITY, feral cats, a beaver dam pretty close to a resturaunt, and porcupines waddling down the street.

Iv'e seen Eagle Nests pretty darn close, ravens fighting over leftover burgers...

Fresh salmon in the water..Dall sheep walking around eating greens..

The only thing I havent seen yet is a bear.

Cute

Ever heard two or more crows fighting?

It freakin' hilarious

Mixed Bag
08-03-2006, 07:49 AM
RATS: Turned on light to office basement about quarter to six, saw one do a 180 back down the stairs to its hole. When later caught in a glue trap I felt bad for it even as I was giving it my Cagney impression for having chewed through cables and left obscene messes.

SKUNKS: I suspect it's because of the noise, but they've been known to flee flatulent humans.

PIGEONS: I know a new indoor food court that gets a lot more of them than the mall's old one did. Did the architects plan for this? The new building has plenty of very high beams for them to perch on right over the tables. :eek:

PEACOCKS: I'm sure older Americans here can relate to my urge to trill the 60s NBC theme to see if they flaunt their plumage.

RACCOONS: Very clean, entered Mom's pet door and washed their hands in the water dish. Intelligent eyes pleading for food.

BEAVERS: Explanation of lengthy, widely-circulated "dam" letter is at http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/dammed.htm

Horsetuna
08-03-2006, 08:47 AM
Wow, that brings back memories. Peacocks while I've never seen them in stores. But while I was growing up, for some old reason they flocked to near my parents house. So I saw alot of peacocks growing up. And they do get big (for birds anyway)

Well, I was working in the zoo at the time, not really in a store... they did try to get into the Conservatory on occasion (motion sensored doors).

stickycoins
08-03-2006, 09:07 AM
All I get is Palmetto bugs and customers FREAK when they see them. They think they are roaches.

wagegoth
08-03-2006, 08:39 PM
Not in the office, but right outside, raccoons and Mallard ducks. One night I was leaving work and there was a mama raccoon in the street that was so big I knew that if I hit her my car would suffer the most damage. She was blocking traffic so her babies could cross the street.

We have opossums in our home neighborhood. I've told the kids to not go near them, and most of the local animals know better, or learn quickly, to leave them alone. They're like millions-of-year-old flashbacks.

ForestDragon
08-04-2006, 04:03 AM
During summer cleanup at my school last year I found and rescued a praying mantis that had somehow gotten into the building and was in the middle of a hallway. After inspecting the critter with great interest (they're kinda rare around here) and showing it off to my coworkers, I took it outside and put it in one of the shrubs beside one of the side entrances.

On another occasion - about March of this year - I was out doing my usual post-lunch litter-gitting. I was so into grabbing this wrapper, that cup, the other bottle that it took a while for it to dawn on me that I wasn't seeing the usual array of birds that usually contest me for the edible garbage, nor did I hear the pigeons on the roof, though the crows were raising more hell than usual for some reason. I straightened up, looked to my right - and saw a large red-tailed hawk, no more than ten feet away from me, eating a pigeon. She (from the size, I figured it was female) looked at me warily; I watched her for a bit then went back to picking up garbage. I suppose she figured I wasn't going to attack her or steal her meal, because she went back to eating her pigeon. I for one was happy to see something was going to put a dent in the flying rat population. Sadly, I haven't seen her since, though I have picked up bits and pieces of dismembered pigeons on occasion, so I suppose she's still around.

Discourtesy Clerk
08-04-2006, 05:02 AM
There was a guy in the store the other day with a parrot on his shoulder. The bird was really well-behaved, too - it didn't squawk, or flap around, and most of the customers in the vicinity didn't even notice he had it. I thought that was pretty cool.

RecoveringKinkoid
08-05-2006, 05:28 AM
When I worked at WOLO, there was a very, very large alligator turtle in the tape room. I had put it there. Found it in the parking lot and put it into the room until I got off. Took it home and put it into a pond out in the woods nearby with the others. :) Didn't want it to get run over.

And while I was working public television, I did a stint as the production coordinator for a show called NatureScene (yeah, you can figure out where I worked from that, and I don't care. Most of those people over there can pucker up and kiss my ass, crew of NatureScene excluded.)

Anyway, it was not unusual to have snakes, lizards, turtles, and God only knows what else in the hotel rooms while working on that show. We toted around a snake in a pillowcase for a couple days once. The housekeepers would not touch our rooms with a ten foot pole. Once I had a huge black snake we'd found in the road dead coiled up next to the beer in my room refridgerator. That was an interesting year.

notspearsdamnit
08-05-2006, 06:55 AM
We never had any strange animals at the health club but the outdoor live theatre was a different story. We have had bats and owls fly over the stage (a bat actually flew into an actor one time and one in the men's dressing room). We had a family of opossums living backstage this summer. Last summer a tarantella crawled out of a wall back stage onto an actor and totally freaked him out.

Mixed Bag
08-05-2006, 07:07 AM
it was not unusual to have snakes, lizards, turtles, and God only knows what else in the hotel rooms...Once I had a huge black snake we'd found in the road dead coiled up next to the beer in my room refridgerator.

Pity the desk clerk when you complained about being automatically billed for removing THAT from the minibar :lol:

RecoveringKinkoid
08-06-2006, 04:37 AM
:lol: I think if they'd known about that little souvenier, I'd probably had gotten thrown out into the street! This was one of the nicer hotels we got to stay at. :D

RecoveringKinkoid
08-06-2006, 04:39 AM
All I get is Palmetto bugs and customers FREAK when they see them. They think they are roaches.

Honey, they ARE roaches. Horrible, nasty, freakishly large roaches. :puke:

bars.of.a.rhyme
08-06-2006, 06:46 AM
The only animals we get in my store are the customers...well, them and the roaches.

This is sorta OT since it didn't happen at work, but as we were driving through Indiana a few weeks ago we saw this shape scurrying across the interstate (I-90 I think, but I wasn't driving, so I don't remember), and it turned out to be a river otter.

Otters!

Anyway, the roaches disappeared recently, after a year or so of being pretty ubiquitous. My coworker/boyfriend got fed up and bought some traps from the drugstore in our strip mall, and that cleared the problem right up. Funny, the exterminators who came out once or twice didn't put a dent in the population. It's as if they were spraying liquid roach treat instead of poison.

I was the first person to discover the roaches. I lifted up a tablecloth to get to some merchandise, and one JUMPED ON MY ARM! I brushed it off and ran around screaming some very choice words. Luckily, nobody was in the store except my then-manager, who laughed her ass off.

RecoveringKinkoid
08-06-2006, 02:40 PM
Oh, MAN, I hate roaches. Why, I don't really know, phobias do not have logic to them. Snakes, spiders, etc, no problem. I can't handle a roach.:runaway:

LostMyMind
08-06-2006, 08:03 PM
Honey, they ARE roaches. Horrible, nasty, freakishly large roaches. :puke:

Florida's Palmetto bugs are a cross between beetles and a roach. That's why you can pound a palmetto bug with a shoe 5 times and watch it get up and middle-finger salute and fly away. However, I rather have a palmetto bug than a german roach.

Rosakala
08-06-2006, 08:51 PM
Florida's Palmetto bugs are a cross between beetles and a roach. That's why you can pound a palmetto bug with a shoe 5 times and watch it get up and middle-finger salute and fly away.

Oh so true! :lol:

Bella_Vixen
08-06-2006, 09:28 PM
We have opossums in our home neighborhood. I've told the kids to not go near them, and most of the local animals know better, or learn quickly, to leave them alone. They're like millions-of-year-old flashbacks.

We used to have a dog that killed any/all opossums that would dare to come into our backyard. It was scary to go out there every morning and see numerous 'possum corpses everywhere. ::shudder::