My girlfriend's a zookeeper and she absolutely stinks of animals – I don't know how to tell her but it's grim | The Sun

MANY people will say that someone that smells nice is instantly more attractive than someone who kicks up a nasty smell and needs a shower. 

But one man has revealed that his new girlfriend, a zookeeper, often comes home smelling of animals and he doesn’t know how to tell her politely.


Despite being completely understanding when they went on their first date, the man has said that his girlfriend's odour has since gotten a lot worse and he has now found himself in a very awkward situation. 

Taking to Reddit to share his conundrum, the anonymous man explained: "I (25M) have been dating this woman for a few months now, and honestly we get along really well.

"About a month ago, I met her for dinner one night at a semi-fancy restaurant around 6pm. 

“She arrived a little bit late, and was really apologetic saying 'Oh gosh sorry, I probably smell so funky right now, I tried my best to wash and scrub but I know it wasn't enough'. 

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"She was pretty stinky. She works as an animal caretaker at the zoo and had to stay late that night, so I understood. 

“That night was the first night I really noticed her stinking of animals.

"It was strong at the same table (something between old fish and a ferret cage, yuck) and rather unappetizing, but not the sort of thing you could smell across the room, so I saw no reason it should ruin the dinner.

"So I said 'I mean I guess there's a slight smell, but it just shows you worked hard…

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"I've never been one of those weak-stomached guys who's going to complain about that, I really don't mind, honest, I'm used to animal smells anyway".

The woman was relieved by the man's reaction, as he said: "To my surprise her eyes lit up and she said 'Wow, really, you're serious? That's so reassuring to hear', and starting opening up about how hard it was to make sure she always smelled good.

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"She'd often have to scrub for half an hour after work to even be somewhat presentable and sometimes even that wasn't enough, changes of clothes and boots, that she had to sometimes pick which days to schedule dates with me or run errands based around her off-days or which animals she'd be working with that day, to make sure the stink wasn't too bad…

“I said ‘wow, I had no idea it was that tough’.

“I asked how other keepers dealt with it and she said most were single or dated within the profession and it was rare to find someone like me who genuinely didn't mind!

“So I reassured her that yeah, she doesn't need to be overly concerned about that with me.

“I could tell it meant a lot to her. But I think this turned out to be a big mistake”.

The anonymous man explained that he has since started seeing his girlfriend much more regularly and she has since begun to smell even worse.

He added: “Over the past month, we've seen each other more often, and she's usually smelled okay, but there have been 4 or 5 occasions where she's smelled horrible. 

“10-20x worse than that night in the restaurant. These have been house dates and not at restaurants/etc. 

“I have to breathe lightly to even try to stomach it, and it really kills my mood and leaves my house reeking.

“Told my girlfriend she didn't have to worry about her smell so much, she took it as a major green flag due to her line of work, now I either have to really let her down or resign myself to living in olfactory hell”.

Reddit users quickly flooded in, sharing their thoughts on the situation.

One said:  "As a zookeeper myself, I think this will be something you want to think about when it comes to the long-term future of your relationship?

"I never had any success dating outside the profession, and this was one reason why.

“Right now, she can pick and choose when to see you and centre it around when she smells ok.

"When you're living together though? There are going to be days when she stinks like hell. Probably much worse than anything you've experienced so far".

Another said: "Can confirm. I have a friend who works at a Zoo.

"You date within the profession, because no amount of cleaning, odour neutralizer, or scent product will remove that stench".

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However, someone else questioned: “Why isn't a shower able to get rid of the smell?

"Genuinely curious as I've never worked as a Zoo keeper”. 

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