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Fanfic / Zoo Coup Riot

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Zoo Coup Riot is a fanfic based on The Casagrandes by Metool Bard, the author of Missing Linc and The Fool Who Cried Foul.

Environmental extremists appear to be targeting the Great Lakes City Zoo through Sid, but is that really what's going on? Ronnie Anne intends to find out.

Zoo Coup Riot contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear:
    • Everyone is worried when they see Grit hiding in Keyon the Komodo dragon's habitat. Considering that Komodo dragons are one of the most dangerous animals on Earth, and that Grit only escapes severe injury (or worse) because Keyon is both well-trained and merely confused by his presence, it's hard to blame them.
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    • Later in the story, Adelaide is kidnapped by the person who's been leaving threatening notes for Sid. In the note they leave at the scene of the crime, they threaten to kidnap Sid next if she doesn't comply with their demands.
    • Pat recounts how she received a similar note to the one Sid received, and decided to obey it and free the zoo animals. While she chickened out and tried to leave, she was forced to hide in an animal enclosure when she spotted a zoo security guard - unfortunately, said enclosure contained a very vicious wolf that attacked her and nearly gouged out her eye. If Colin hadn't intervened, Pat would have most likely ended up dead.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: The Animal Rights Foundation turn out to be a subversion.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Carl accuses ARF of stealing Froggy 2, Ronnie Anne gets him to reconsider by asking if an organization that would remove someone from their position of head volunteer (Krile) because they didn't uphold the organization's ideals would steal someone's pet.
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  • Character Tics: Nat near-constantly plays with her fidget spinner.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A fire drill occurs in the second chapter. It turns out to have been a distraction for Mr. Zolvish to sneak into the school and plant a note in Sid's locker.
  • Counting to Three: Ronnie Anne does this to get Carl off of her back.
  • Damsel in Distress: Adelaide is kidnapped.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Rosa uses Ronnie Anne's full name of Ronalda when Ronnie Anne takes too long to get out of bed.
  • Granola Girl: Andrea Dracar.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Pat and Nat (biologically, at least).
  • Homeschooled Kids: Pat and Nat, due to their family constantly being on the road.
  • I Have Your Wife: Both Froggy 2 and Adelaide are kidnapped in order to force Sid to free all the zoo animals.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Colin Zolvish jokes about how people would say that the zoo animals were at his and Becca Chang's "beck and call".
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  • Innocently Insensitive: Unaware that Pat is transgender, Carl accidentally upsets her by questioning her father calling her a girl.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Misha constantly replaces the swear words she's about to utter with more child-friendly words because she doesn't want to swear in front of Ronnie Anne and her friends.
  • Mama Bear: Pat accidentally angered a female wolf who had a tendency to get vicious whenever she thought someone was threatening her cubs.
  • Missing Mom: Pat and Nat's mother, Sonia, passed away prior to the start of the story.
  • Motor Mouth: Nat tends to let both her thoughts and her mouth run away with her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ronnie Anne's response at the start of the story, when she realises that she forgot about Show and Tell.
  • Papa Wolf: Colin took on a vicious wolf in order to save Pat, who had accidentally climbed into the wolf's pen and angered it.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Krile has this hairstyle.
  • Saying Too Much: When Sid and Ronnie Anne tell Jim Sparkletooth that ARF agreed to pull out of the investigation, he panickily states that they had a deal...after previously claiming that he had no idea who they were.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Sid brings a sugar glider to class for Show and Tell, and Grit is introduced hiding in a Komodo dragon's habitat.
  • Skewed Priorities: Upon reading the threatening note Sid received, Laird's first response is that zoos don't use cages anymore.

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