If Moko has done us a favour, besides being a great attraction for tourists, it has been in bringing a bunch of sad bastards to public attention.
These sad bastards all want a slice of the action when Moko is buried.
Moko the Dolphin will be buried on the island where his body was found, while the town of Whakatane will host a memorial service.
Department of Conservation Tauranga area manager, Andrew Baucke, said yesterday that the animal would be laid to rest on Matakana Island, near Mt Maunganui, where it was found dead last week.
So far, so good.
But Kiwis have a desperate urge to create and become obsessed with the activities of celebrities, and this includes animals (such as Shrek the sheep and more recently, ye gods, Paul the bloody psychic octopus).
Some go further and regard certain creatures as sacred.
Simply burying Moko is not enough for these sad bastards. They demand ceremonies, and so…
DoC also announced its decision to hold a memorial service in Whakatane.
A memorial service for what by now is a heap of bones and rotting blubber?
They’ve gotta be joking.
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