What to do with 100 crick­ets?

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

One woman’s af­ter­noon got a whole lot louder after she found a box con­tain­ing 100 live crick­ets sit­ting on her doorstep.

Donna Brook­banks said the de­liv­ery, which she dis­cov­ered last week, was meant for Auck­land Zoo.

She posted to Twit­ter: ‘‘When you get home, find a box on the doorstep for Auck­land Zoo, put it in the car to take it down the road & re­alise it’s 100 live crick­ets.’’

In the photo Brook­banks posted, one box is la­belled ‘‘birds’’ while

‘‘car­ni­vores’’.

Auck­land bug man Brian Law­ton said crick­ets were good food for rep­tiles and birds and he him­self ships crick­ets around all the time.

‘‘She must be able to ring the courier com­pany, some­one who hasn’t got­ten them is go­ing to be ring­ing pretty shortly,’’ Law­ton the other said.

‘‘I would rec­om­mend talk­ing to the courier com­pany, un­less they love that ultimate sum­mer feel­ing sound which we haven’t re­ally had. She could just lie in bed and lis­ten to her crick­ets.’’

Auck­land Zoo spokes­woman Jane Healy said the zoo ap­pre­ci­ated Brook­banks drop­ping off the cricket.

‘‘The boxes were specif­i­cally ad­dressed to Auck­land Zoo, so we’re not sure why the courier de­liv­ered them to her house. But our Life Sciences staff were very grate­ful to re­ceive them for their an­i­mals.’’

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