I kea for you. Happy birthday tui you. I love you like no otter. Gopher it!
Christchurch pun enthusiast and animal lover Mirabel Oliver has found the perfect outlet - the humble greeting card.
The 28-year-old fine arts graduate works in a Christchurch shop by day and dreams up greeting card designs in her spare time.
It started with a card she made for a friend's birthday: "You are deer to me."
Once she started thinking of animal puns she could not stop.
"Just the other day I was going to a thanksgiving party and 'Happy Thanksgibbon' just popped into my head'. I will keep going until I run out of puns."
Oliver adheres to a strict policy with Google searches completely off limits.
"There are a lot of animal puns out there. I want to try and think of really unusual ones," she said.
"Thanx-a-lotl" seemed to be the most popular, probably because "no- one has ever seen an axolotl on a greeting card".
Oliver's cards - branded All Your Stars Are Out - are stocked in shops in Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Christchurch and also sold online.
And her latest?
"Merry Christmouse." Fairfax NZ
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