If you are in the Army, and you are home from the war zone, I would imagine you would want to surprise your family. It is tempting and the videos are great. Let’s say you pick the zoo. Being in the Army, you would probably choose the warthog or the rhinoceros pen to spring out at your family. They are vicious land mammals, right? (For example, the dolphin show would be reserved for a submariner’s homecoming.) How wrong I am:
Jorja Coleman and her younger sister Nataja Howse thought the dolphins were the stars of the show at the Brookfield Zoo — until their soldier father made a surprise visit.
Army Sgt. Keith Howse surprises his children Jorja Coleman, 11, and Nataja Howse, 6, during a dolphin show at the Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday. At left is his wife Aja Moores.
About halfway into the performance Wednesday, an announcer called the girls down from the stands to assist with a special encounter with a dolphin. Then she told them their father was there — Army Sgt. Keith Howse, who has been stationed in Afghanistan.
As Howse walked out from a side enclosure, his two teary-eyed girls ran and hugged him.
I am a sucker for homecoming stories. Although, with his name and all, you would think Sergeant Howse would be a larger individual. His eleven year-old practically has him in a sleeper hold and he is not crouched over all that much. (Heh heh. Just kidding Sergeant. Thanks for your service and all should you ever see this. . .)
On the subject of
dolphins, sea mammals, sea animals, I would be remiss if I did not direct you towards live-streaming video of the puffins on Seal Island (near Portland, Maine):
Two high-definition cameras began streaming live video Wednesday of clown-like Atlantic puffins waddling, preening and nesting on a remote Maine island.
Seal Island (near Portland, Maine) puffin colony
The National Audubon Society and explore.org teamed up to stream video from Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge to anyone with an Internet connection. Located about 20 miles offshore, the island has the largest puffin colony in the U.S.
Note to any Sailors reading this: Yes, I said Puffin. No, I am not talking about recreational drugs. Zero tolerance, Shipmates. Remember that wiz quiz. Urinanalysises (Plural for Urinalysis) show up at very odd times. No puffin’. . .