Sunday 23 October 2016

Man catches a Pidgey on Pokémon GO as his wife gives birth

Helena Horton

Published 08/07/2016 | 10:45

Credit: Imgur/Jonathan Theriot
Credit: Imgur/Jonathan Theriot

Pokémon GO is the smartphone game craze which has taken the world by a storm, with people doing whatever they can to catch the animated creatures.

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The game superimposes Pokémon over the real world by using a smartphone camera, so you could easily run into a Pikachu at work or a Jigglypuff in Tesco.

Jonathan Theriot has taken the craze a step to another level, however, focusing on catching low-value bird Pokémon Pidgey as his wife gave birth in front of him.

He posted the resulting photograph on Imgur, which shows the bird superimposed over his wife.

Mr Theriot wrote on the site:  "When your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokemon shows up and you have to low-key catch it..."

The new father told BuzzFeed he took the photograph while sitting with his wife in hospital.

He said: “As soon as it popped up, I was like, oh my gosh, there’s a Pidgey sitting on your bed!

“So, I screenshotted it, then caught it and showed it to her.”

The photograph has tickled the fancy of people on Imgur - it has been viewed more than 1,000,000 times.

Some people praised the man for his commitment to the video game.

One said: "If she's your wife she should understand how important this Pidgey is."

Another wrote: "If it were my husband, I'd rather he catch it. Don't miss out on an opportunity just because I'm doing something that billions have before!"

However, some did not see the funny side. One person wrote: "Do you want a divorce? This is how you get a divorce".

While some people on the site criticised his actions, he told BuzzFeed his wife "wasn't mad at all".

“She just kind of laughed at it,” he said. “It was primarily an eye-roll once she realized what I was doing.”

Mr and Mrs Theroit's daughter was born on Thursday morning.

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