Love is in the air today, and nowhere is that more evident this morning than on Zoo Twitter—yes, apparently it’s a thing—where dozens of animals (fine, their social media handlers) are sending valentines to each other using their most groan-worthy puns.
From horny rhinos to dirty dingoes, zoos and wildlife parks across Australia and New Zealand have been going wild using the #VDayPunOff hashtag. Sydney, Australia’s Taronga Zoo appears to be the instigator, issuing the Valentine’s Day challenge early this morning:
Roos can be red, Peacocks shine blue, @aucklandzoo, @PerthZoo, @MelbourneZoo, @ZoosVictoria, @sandiegozoo, @WWF_Australia, @Featherdale, it’s Valentine’s Day and we challenge you! #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/LEgRKzASzw
Not long after that, the social platform was treated to a flurry of peak-Dad-Joke missives from creatures like this old timer, who tortoise what it means to be romantic:
It’s Valentine’s Day! Will you Galapago on a date with me? #VDayPunOff https://t.co/yJb0rFSJKE
Photo by @AlexCearns @ZoosVictoria @tarongazoo @WellingtonZoo @aucklandzoo @WWF_Australia pic.twitter.com/pdZLnB9G9o
Then there was this horny guy:
Rhino someone who really likes you (it’s me) 🦏❤️️ #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/LEvxpIYORc
Some took their inspiration from old love songs…
I only Wallaby with you! #[email protected] @aucklandzoo @PerthZoo @MelbourneZoo @ZoosVictoria @ZoosSA @WellingtonZoo @WWF_Australia @Featherdale @sandiegozoo @SEALIFEAquarium @symbiozoo @NationalZoo pic.twitter.com/5oIVpAQFSG
… others borrowed from Ariana Grande.
Thank ewe, next #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/xsA9anG4Wd
Things also got amorous in the avian community:
Talk birdy to me 🐦🤭#[email protected] @WellingtonZoo @aucklandzoo @HallsGapZoo @Dreamworld_DWF @CentParklands @WWF_Australia @WWFNewZealand @NationalZoo @national_zoo @PerthZoo @TheSydneyZoo @ZoosVictoria @sandiegozoo @RBGSydney @melbaquarium @Sydney_Aquarium pic.twitter.com/ZlWeDlbqR9
Stop, you’re making me Tawny 😏 @ZooAquariumAssn #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/uaDMykHSK7
Then there were these flirty, feathered fellas:
If you’re Shingle you might not see a Cockatoo today, so here’s one from us 🤭 @WAAnimalsInc #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/Lw0uyna2ZY
Elsewhere, people sitting in the front row risked getting wet.
Without you I have no porpoise #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/UrKxEGxaxy
Mmmm, I don’t think you’re ready for this Jelly! #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/AKah6oz1P1
Whatcha gon’ do with all that junk, all that junk inside that trunk? @Sydney_Aquarium #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/ceLuJjoJ3U
Some other little guys were on the shy side.
We’d get on Tinder or Bumble, but our Marmoset not to talk to strangers. #[email protected] @WWF_Australia @PerthZoo @ZoosSA @ZoosVictoria @WellingtonZoo @aucklandzoo @sandiegozoo @ZooAquariumAssn @WWFNewZealand @Sydney_Aquarium @RBGSydney @MelbourneZoo pic.twitter.com/EP5AAKANz8
As of this afternoon, the love is still pouring in. If you want to get in on the act, you can reply with your very own #VDayPunOff and show off your, ahem, koala-fications.
Hey baby, ready for a little koala-ty time? #VDayPunOff pic.twitter.com/g1zVw00yaw
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