Students brought a new friend on board today, and it wasn‚Äôt exactly on the visitor‚Äôs list. After spending a day at the beach, a group of voyagers bonded with a lone billy goat that has quickly become Spring 2018‚Äôs favorite community member.
‚ÄúWe decided to name it Odysseus since it‚Äôs the first animal on the Odyssey,‚Äù said student Brent Van Brocklin. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs pretty dope.‚Äù
Van Brocklin and a group of voyagers decided to beat the heat and hit the surf after celebrating Easter Sunday. The day was slipping into the afternoon when the students found the goat and they were hurrying to get back for on-ship time.
‚ÄúWe were just hanging out on the beach when this goat came out of nowhere and laid down next to me,‚Äù said student Miranda Daly. ‚ÄúHe was so cute, he just stayed with us the entire afternoon, and when we tried to leave, he followed us back to our cab. He was bleating really sadly and we realized we couldn‚Äôt just leave him behind.‚Äù
Students convinced their cab driver to add an extra passenger and called dean John Burkoff to explain the situation. Burkoff was absolutely against the idea until Odysseus showed up at the ship and he actually interacted with the goat.
‚ÄúThe moment I saw him, I thought ‚Äòthat is the cutest animal I have ever seen,‚Äô Burkoff said. ‚ÄúI immediately understood where the students were coming from and decided to take it up with Captain Kostas.‚Äù
Burkoff insisted the captain see the goat before he made a decision. At first, the captain refused to entertain the idea, but the moment he set eyes on Odysseus, he had a change of heart.
‚ÄúMy heart melted when I saw his face,‚Äù the captain said. ‚ÄúBesides my wife and children, that goat is the most beautiful thing I‚Äôve ever seen.‚Äù
After lots of conversations with immigration and mountains of paperwork, Odysseus was brought on as the Odyssey‚Äôs newest voyager, complete with a ship ID.
‚ÄúWe love Odysseus, a ship pet is definitely what needed for these last couple legs of the voyage,‚Äù said student Emma Ismail. ‚ÄúWe need a therapy animal to get through finals. And he is super, super cute.‚Äù
We can‚Äôt think of a better way to celebrate April Fool‚Äôs Day.