Spirit Animals Abound At Central Park Zoo Party

by EVAN MULVIHILL · July 24, 2009

Alissa Lea Vogelsang, Colleen Elizabeth Heidinger, Megan Joy Hawkins[Middle name aficionados Alissa Lea Vogelsang, Colleen Elizabeth Heidinger, Megan Joy Hawkins stand next to party poster. All photos by EVAN MULVIHILL for GofG.]

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Last night, I went to a party at the Central Park Zoo called the Ultimate Summertime Party. The News Corp hosted the party, which raised over $95,000 for the National MS Society. Our hosts -- who own Fox News and Wall Street Journal -- requested that we dress in "summertime attire," but somehow CEO Rupert Murdoch forgot to make sure it didn't rain. Thus several hundred or so partygoers and I manned up and brought our umbrellas to the bash. Being that we were at a zoo, I went around and asked people what their spirit animal was, which, for those unfamiliar with the concept, is the particular non-human creative you would be if you were reincarnated as such. One that represents your personality and stuff.

Catherine Gordon: ligerName: Catherine Gordon

Spirit Animal: Liger

Reason: "Because you're not stuck in a box... you get a little bit of both." Catherine was first introduced to ligers in the critically acclaimed film Napoleon Dynamite, although she had to confirm the existence of ligers through some outside research of her own. "They're real!" she told me. "There's some in Florida."

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Marylou Fetattarsj, Ron Jodgerz

Names: Marylou Fetattarsj and Ron Jodgerz

Spirit Animals: Worm and Coyote

Reason: Although Mrs. Fetattarsj felt that she was a dolphin in a past life, she was quite certain that her current spirit animal was a worm. "I've been really into compost these days," she said. Mr. Jodgerz, on the other hand, was altogether certain that his eternal spirit animal was the ferocious coyote.

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Natalie Smith, Ali ElkinsNames: Natalie Smith and Ali Elkins

Spirit Animals: Both are birds

Reason: When asked to specify what particular avian being they embodied, Natalie express her desire to be a "pretty flying bird," and then specified that she'd like to be a seagull. Seagulls are truly beautiful creatures. Ali didn't care what bird she was, as long as she resided somewhere that was "not by an airport."

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Leora KalikowName: Leora Kalikow

Spirit Animal: Koala

Reason: "They sleep a lot and eat leaves." She's a lazy vegetarian!

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Seth Skiles, Maria Candelario, Melissa Konstantatos, Andy KonstantatosNames: Seth Skiles, Maria Candelario, Melissa Konstantatos, Andy Konstantatos

Spirit Animals: Polar bear, phoenix, penguin, wolverine

Reasons: Seth hails from Alaska, the state that gave us Sarah Palin, so he's sort of a polar bear himself. Maria briefly considered that she might be a bird, but after I told her that two girls had already chosen that route, she settled on a phoenix. Melissa, on the other hand, spared no time in her declaration of penguinhood. Lastly, Andy chose to be a wolverine because he wanted to rip Maria up and thought that if you were going up against a phoenix you'd probably need something with really sharp claws.