In these tough times of rebuilding and growth, we should always remember to take a moment here and there to laugh until our stomachs ache.
It’s healthy for the soul, and helps to foster a sense of community – even here on the internet.
And sometimes it’s best if it’s non-political, although I can’t say this story isn’t racial.
A Polish charity has been hit with a massive phone bill after a GPS tracker it had put on a stork was stolen.
In April 2017, Polish environmental group EkoLogiczna placed a GPS tracker on the back of Kajtek, a white stork, to collect data about the bird’s winter migration route as well as its feeding habits.
In the year that followed, Kajtek travelled some 6,000 kilometres but was last recorded on 26 April in the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan.
In a Facebook post, the group explains that “for unknown reasons” Kajtek stayed in the area for over two months, “travelling 25 kms in different directions during the day”.
Last month, EkoLogiczna was surprised with a phone bill linked to the SIM card installed in the Kajtek’s GPS tracker for a total amount of 10,000 PLN (€2,278).
“Someone quite simply removed the card from the tracker, put it in a phone and used it for 20 hours of communication,” the group said in the Facebook post.
So here’s the TLDR:
White Poles decide to track a migratory bird with GPS.
Migratory bird makes it all the way to Sub-Saharan Africa before the GPS goes haywire.
White Polish hit with massive phone bill after a brief interlude.
Realization dawns that a random Negro stole GPS SIM card to power his phone (bird was likely eaten).
Equality at its finest, but still nothing like the story of the African Honeyguide (that’ll be a tale for another day, though).