When you have by no means been prank-identified as by a lizard, you most likely don&#39t reside in Hawaii.

Dr. Claire Simeone, the director of the Kei Kai Ola medical middle for Hawaiian monk seals, completely does. Earlier this 7 days, Simeone skilled simply left get the job performed for lunch when her cell phone began ringing. A complete lot.

“I thought of maybe an individual skilled a seal-similar query,” Simeone wrote on Twitter beforehand at the moment (Oct. 5). “I picked up. Silence.”

Seconds afterward, Simeone&#39s cell phone rang as soon as once more — after which as soon as once more, and as soon as once more. Every time she answered, there was little or no however eerie silence. Simply after receiving 9 equal telephone calls in 15 minutes, Simeone “began to emphasize,” she said. The telephone calls ended up apparently coming from inside the medical middle, so she rushed again once more to get the job performed, anxious “seal disaster” was transpiring in her absence.

There was no disaster (fortunately), seal or in any other case. In level, Simeone&#39s co-workers said no one skilled tried to easily name her in any respect.

“In the meantime,” Simeone wrote, “quite a few different individuals merely name the medical middle, inquiring WHY WE ARE Contacting THEM INCESSANTLY?”

When Simeone recognized because the medical middle&#39s cell phone company to unravel the phantom telephone calls, a technician confirmed that “a bazillion telephone calls” skilled certainly been dialed from an individual explicit line within the medical middle. Simeone hunted from residence to residence till lastly she ultimately tracked the thriller dialer to the center&#39s laboratory. There, she caught her perpetrator pink-handed … or considerably, environmentally friendly-footed.

“THERE IS A GECKO Sitting ON THE Contact Monitor OF THE Cellphone, Producing Calls WITH HIS Tiny GECKO Toes!!!” Simeone tweeted. “This gecko has recognized as me 15 conditions and each particular person in our current merely name record.”

Secret solved. Simeone said she “straight away employed the gecko” and drafted an apology to each particular person on staff who could presumably have gotten a merely name from the little, environmentally pleasant menace.

Initially launched on Micronis.