Farmer Loses Entire Livestock While Busy Playing Farmville
HANSBEKE (The Global Edition) – Farmer and landowner Geird Johansen, 43, from Hansbeke, Belgium, lost his entire livestock – twelve cows, three pigs, fifty chickens, and his entire flock of sheep – because he forgot to feed them while he was busy playing Farmville on Facebook, local media reported.
Mr. Johansen claims he was so into the game and running his virtual farm that he completely forgot to feed the animals on his real farm.
“I really liked Farmville from the first moment I began playing it because I was able to see the results of my work right away. In Farmville, the animals are always happy, and I get messages telling me what a great farmer I am. This was very appealing to me because on the real farm, I can’t tell whether or not the animals are happy, nobody ever reminds me of what I’m supposed to do, and when I’m doing it right, I never receive any compliments for my work,” Mr. Johansen said.
The police and veterinarians who arrived at the scene could only confirm the death of all of the animals in Mr. Johansen’s barns. It was later determined that cattle and chickens had been left without food or water for almost a week, and had no chance of survival. Investigators were also able to determine that Mr. Johansen did in fact remember to feed his animals at one point, but that he’d turned around halfway to the barn when he realized he’d forgotten to feed his “superpig in Farmville, which is worth almost 7 million credits.”
Mr. Johansen said that he’d been able to develop his Farmville farm up to such an impressive level thanks to his real life experience on the farm, which provided him with a great advantage over most of his opponents, the majority of whom are suburban teenage girls.
According to the unfortunate farmer, Farmville takes much more persistence and hard work than a real farm, especially when one becomes “landowner of the 17th degree.”