Great Animal Escapes, From Baboons In Sydney To Lions Crashing A Wedding

Baboons to the left of me, baboons to the right.

Last night the entire country was transfixed, and for once it wasn’t on some horrible piece of news that made us all want to cry. No, we were all transfixed on three baboons that had high tailed it out of their holding facility and were running amok around the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. 

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Whilst serious concerns about the facility that the baboons escaped from had been raised as early as 2016, the male baboon had just been there to get a vasectomy and his two girlfriends were there to calm him down. 

Depending on your view, I guess they either did a brilliant or a terrible job at keeping him calm.

As great as the baboons on the loose in Sydney were, they’re far from the only animal who has gone for a frolic where they shouldn’t have.

Water Buffalo In Sydney

In 2014, two water buffalo got away from a film set in Sydney Park, St Peters, and legged it down a busy street in Newtown – which was 2 kilometers away. At the time, a witness from the film set said that “They [the buffalo] are pretty angry, apparently. They’ve just disappeared totally.”

Thankyou for your help, random witness.

Llamas in Arizona

To be fair, it feels like animal escapes happen in the USA more than anywhere else, and I have no idea why. This time two llamas made a run for it in 2015 and found themselves being chased by cops all over Sun City, Arizona. They were eventually wrangled, but not before news helicopters were deployed all over the city.

Thanks, Ollama.

Lions in Darwin

In 1984, three circus lions escaped in Mindil beach, Darwin. While llamas roaming free might have been an amusing sight, if you saw a couple of unfenced lions you might not be so happy. As you can imagine, they scared the crap out of everyone around them – including everyone at a wedding that one of the lions gatecrashed.

Orangutan in Adelaide 

In further proof that orangutans are smarter than me, in 2009 an orangutan named Karta used a stick to short circuit the electric fence around her enclosure. She then piled up a heap more stick and jumped the fence. She spent half an hour wandering around the zoo before heading back to her enclosure voluntarily.

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BTS Fans Have No Idea Who Tina Fey Is Because She's Not In BTS


The internet is having a field day with the latest episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. BTS joined Fallon on a train to chat about everything from John Cena (turns out BTS loves John Cena as much as he loves them) to “the black bean noodle incident.”

As with anything BTS touches, people from all over the globe got involved. One of the things we learned through Fallon’s show getting a bigger international audience than usual is that a whole heap of people have never heard of Tina Fey.

In a beautiful irony, the reason we found out about the BTS fans is because Tina Fey was the guest star for a different segment on the show called Subway Stories. In the segment, she walks around the New York subways openly talking about how nobody in NYC gives a single damn about her or anybody else famous. The classic New York stereotype stands up, really.

In case anybody had forgotten exactly what a badass Tina Fey is (or is here because they’re trying to work out who Tina Fey is in the first place), here’s a rundown of why she’s amazing.

She was the first female head writer on SNL, created 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt, and wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls. Basically she’s created a massive chunk of pop culture references that have stood the test of time. Wearing pink on Wednesdays, anyone?

The reactions to the discovery have been overall wholesome, though. A lot of people don’t know about Tina Fey? Time to make a Tina Fey Appreciation Day so that everyone who’s just learning about her existence can get on board. Honestly, imagine the joy of getting to watch Mean Girls for the first time today.

So happy Tina Fey Appreciation Day to all the BTS fans who didn’t know who she was before today. And welcome, everyone who didn’t know her, to a whole new world of comedy.

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The Only Review Of Florence Pugh's Marmalade I Care For Is Paddington Bear's

Our hearts are full.

It’s been a tough news week. In amongst all the negativity that’s been swirling around us, one part of the internet has shone through the darkness, and that part of the internet is the conversation that Florence Pugh is having with Paddington Bear about marmalade.

First we had Florence Pugh document her marmalade making adventures on Instagram. 

As a side note, just looking at her jar is making me crave marmalade, and I know that this is going to end in a marmalade making attempt of my own. I guarantee it will not go this well.

Anyway, Who loves marmalade more than Florence Pugh? The answer is Paddington Bear, the friendly bear who almost exclusively scoffs marmalade and gets into mischief.

He appeared on Twitter and gave us this.

That may well and truly have made my life, but here’s the rest of the conversation that happened.

So now we live in a world where Florence Pugh and Paddington Bear are going to make sandwiches together  with marmalade that Florence has made herself. My skin is cleared, and my crops are watered.

There have been a couple of concerned people holding out for Paddingon’s safety. If you haven’t seen Florence Pugh in Midsommar, I’d absolutely recommend it, but the fate of bears in that movie is… not fantastic. If you haven’t seen the film, just know that it’s not a good place to be a bear. Or a human, for that matter.

It’s not a good place to be, full stop.

But back in the land of wholesome news, people are also calling for Florence to be a part of Paddington 3. The film has been confirmed for this year, but we don’t know any other details yet, but what I’m understanding is that there’s a chance. 

I’m officially nominating Florence Pugh and Paddington Bear for friendship of the year 2020, and re-reading this interaction every time the actual news reminds me how terrifying the real world is.

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