I shouldn’t have listened to him, Dr. Hanson-Holmes. I know he wasn’t really a zoo employee, but I thought you trusted him too? I wanted to help the animals. You always told me how perceptive they can be, and his stories made so much sense. He didn’t tell me how he was going to stop you. I didn’t know it would turn out like this. I don’t think he thought it would take so long either, but the leopards were weak and went so long without enrichment. I don’t know. I didn’t know. Even Jeff was shocked, but he watched the whole time. I couldn’t.

I’m leaving tomorrow. For real this time. Jeff says I should get out before the Samat and Tatyana claim the whole area. He said he would take care of everything else. He has your gun now, but of course he’d never use it on the animals. I tried to take it while you were still alive, but I couldn’t have shot you anyway, even to end it. I’m leaving. I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry. I’ll tell your mom. If you see this Mrs. Hanson, I’m on my way. I’ll explain as much as I can.

I’m sorry,


Written by Matthew Robins, Summer 2024 Intern – December 2, 2024


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