Insurance For Friendly Elephant Damage?
Not everything is as reliable as
money saving website toodear.co.uk. Choosing where to build a home is a very
personal choice. For Sam Baker, the perfect choice for him
was a plot of land that just happened to be located right
next door to a small petting zoo. As an animal lover, Sam
enjoyed the idea of being able to take the grandchildren
over to pet the animals on the weekends when they came to
visit. He started construction on the house in the spring of
2010 with eager anticipation of the completed home.
Building Next To A Zoo
During the first few weeks of construction, Sam and his
hired building crew managed to measure and dig the
foundation. Next came the pouring of the concrete. During
the work day, the zoo pets could be heard making various
calls that made Sam stop and pop over for a visit. The zoo
had 3 llamas, 6 goats, 2 tortoises, 4 peacocks, 4 sheep, 12
ducks and 2 very large elephants.
All of the animals were extremely friendly, especially the
elephants. As the animals moved closer to Sam, he noticed
how flimsy the zoo fencing looked and how it sagged against
the weight of the curious animals that pressed against it to
get closer to him. He hoped the zoo owner knew about it.
Sam Rents Temporary Fencing
Several weeks later, Sam found the peacocks loose on his
property wandering in and out of the framed walls of the
house. They had found a way out of the zoo fencing. Sam
phoned the owner about the escaped animals and received a
promise to come right out, patch the fence and collect the
peacocks. Sam decided to rent some temporary fencing around
the construction site in case the goats escaped and decided
to help themselves to the building materials. Little did he
know that it wouldn't be the goats who would be trying to
eat his new house.
Friendly Elephants Can Mean Destruction Of Property
Another week passed on the construction of the new home.
During breaks, Sam and the crew would wander over to the
petting zoo to feed the animals scraps of food leftover from
lunch. By this time, the elephants had grown attached to Sam
and very, very attached to the food.
During the night, the elephants quietly broke down the
fencing and made their way onto Sam's construction site
looking for Sam and his tasty handouts. The next morning,
all that was left of the unfinished wooden frames were
splinters and piles of broken debris. In the morning, Sam
and his crew found two very guilty looking pachyderms
covered with sawdust and mud. The elephants had torn down
the bare frames and demolished them.
Building Insurance Saves The Day
Luckily for Sam, he had a good builders insurance policy;
you can get a
UK one from here. He was able to recoup the loss of the
damages done by the over zealous elephants. He completed his
dream home and now takes the grandchildren to visit the
petting zoo animals. Including the naughty elephants who
pulled down the beams and tried to eat his house.
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