In the end, Simeone says she sent a note to the center’s staff and volunteers about the flood of strange “telemarketing calls” made by one foot-dialing lizard.

The gecko, it should be noted, wasn’t a patient at the hospital, but one of the sticky-toed interlopers that regularly sneak indoors looking for bugs in Hawaii. A fact that apparently wasn’t lost on the Hawaiian Telecom employee.

“[W]ait, aren’t you The Marine Mammal Center?” he said, according to Simeone. “That’s not a marine mammal!”