‘Wichita Zoo’ promoting Dwayne the Fruit Bat

The satirical news site theonion.com did a fake news story about the “Wichita Zoo.” It said that in a desperate attempt to attract visitors, the zoo was heavily promoting a fruit bat that was “christened Dwayne following a statewide naming contest and has since become a ubiquitous presence on the backs of benches and sides of buses” throughout the area. “We’ve all got Dwayne fever around here,” fictitious zoo director David Tucker said, sporting a Dwayne the Fruit Bat mesh trucker cap. Though the Sedgwick County Zoo does have bats, it is the state’s top outdoor family tourist attraction and hasn’t had to resort to the promotions tried by the “Wichita Zoo,” including “Bring Your Own Food for the Animals Week.”