Mayzie: Hi everybuddy! My mom and me laughed and laughed at some of the comments you left on yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday. Now, we knows that alcohols is bad for real, three dimensional doggies. But remember how the rules don’t applies to two-dimensional, laminated doggies. Which means that Flat Brutus can drink a whole lotta margaritas and not even get even a little bit tipsy. It’s really Most Amazing to see.
Okay, so’s we last left you when we were at that Broadmoor place. Well, the next place we went to was just up the road and it was called the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
This place has like a million trillion animals in it but guess what??? They don’t allow doggies! Now, seriouslys! How super crazy is that? So we just kinda walked around the outside of the Zoo and Brudder Ranger told Flat Brutus all abouts the history of this place.
Um, and now Brudder Ranger will re-enact a little bit of what he told FB. You ready? Cuz here he is!
Ranger: Thank you, Mayzie. Ahem. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the country’s only mountain zoo. It was a gift to the city of Colorado Springs from Spencer Penrose, who we discussed earlier when we spoke about the Broadmoor.
Mr. Penrose received a bear as a gift in 1916. Obviously Mr. Penrose was one of those gentlemen who posed that age-old dilemma of “what do you get the man who has everything.” Apparently, the answer is a bear.
That began a passion for collecting animals and each year, Mr. Penrose would add to his collection that soon included an elephant, a 12-foot boa constrictor, fox, deer and elk. Mr. Penrose’s animal collection was housed at his Turkey Creek Ranch as well as at The Broadmoor Hotel in pens and cages located in front on the Golf Club and along the golf course itself.
In 1925, Mr. Penrose completed the highway up the eastern face on Cheyenne Mountain that leads to the Lodge at the summit. To promote use of the road, Mr. Penrose relocated his elk, bears and deer to the side of Cheyenne Mountain and founded Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1926.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only a few accredited zoos in the country that does not receive any tax support. It is funded entirely by private donations and grants. It is also home to the largest herd of captive reticulated giraffes in the world. They even have a giraffe cam if you care to take a look.
In addition, they also appear to have an ongoing problem with naked mole rats, as this sign so disturbingly warns visitors. (I have yet to figure out why they are wearing British Beefeater hats.)
Of course, being a Rat Terrier, it is my sworn duty to protect citizens from the scourge of rats – naked or clothed. Therefore, I promptly offered my services to the human at the gate but she rambled some story about them being part of a special exhibit. I suspect she was being held hostage by one of these little demons but I was unable to convince mother or dad to call the authorities. So I left her my card and told her to call me if she was in need of my services.
Mayzie: Oh! Don’t forgets to tell them about the little train engine!
Ranger: Yes, yes…thank you, dear sister. It almost slipped my mind.
As we were exiting the Zoo, we noticed this engine sitting near the entrance. FB immediately suggested we inquire about its origins and of course we obliged.
This was the engine of a train called “The Mountaineer” which ran round trip from The Broadmoor to the Zoo from 1950-1974.
Mayzie: Whoa! Seriouslys? That was like 176 years ago! So anyways, this little engine was made by a company called Cat-a-lack and FB said that he’d always wanted to drive a Cat-a-lack ever since he was with Fiona’s wild and crazy family and gots to drive a race car. So…
After that, he thought it would be Most Fun to ride on the front. I founds this to be a bit dangerous but you know FB. He’s very much the dare-devil. Besides, he said that he was already flat so what could happen?
Once Flat Brutus was safely off the train and back into our truck, we were off lickety-split to our next destination!
To be continued…