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A man catching a Pidgey in Pokemon Go while his wife gives birth is only the beginning of the madness

It was bound to happen. Pokemon Go (opens in new tab) has only been released a matter of days  - except in the UK where we're still hitting refresh on the app store and becoming progressively more like that crying Pikachu gif - but we knew there would be some hard choices ahead. Most important moment of your life? Or catching that Pidgey that's on the bed of your wife who is about to give birth? 

Jonathan Theriot didn't take long to make the decision. “As soon as it popped up, I was like, oh my gosh, there’s a Pidgey sitting on your bed!” he tells Buzzfeed (opens in new tab) news. “So, I screenshotted it, then caught it and showed it to her.” His wife, Jessica, who was waiting on a C-section, thankfully understood. “She just kind of laughed at it,” says Theriot. “It was primarily an eyeroll once she realised what I was doing.” The below image has now had over one million views on imgur (opens in new tab)

Thankfully they didn't name their daughter anything Pokemon related but it's only a matter of time before decisions like this crop up again and other children might not be so lucky. Geodude anyone? Be afraid. Here's some other interesting places Pokemon have appeared in Pokemon Go (opens in new tab)

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.