Have you ever met a buffalo? I hear that buffalo are the largest mammal on our continent. They are big, that is one thing for sure.
We’ve been driving around all these places and seeing all these animals – sometimes I think it’s just too much! There were SO many buffalo when we were in that Yellowstone place.
But then we came here to Custer State Park in South Dakota and I got to meet a buffalo! Okay, well maybe not actually meet a buffalo. But I came really close! About as close as anyone. Or at least, as close as my Mama would let me.
It’s no secret I get a little crazy sometimes. And when you wake up from being curled up snoozing in the back seat, and you see nothing but buffalo all around the truck, well you just have to get a little crazy. Sorry Papa, but you just have to. At least you do if your name is Josie, like me.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw all the buffalo around our truck. I mean, why didn’t Leda wake me up? I look over and Leda is just sitting there looking out the window like we are not surrounded by buffalo. Seriously? Get with the program, Leda!
Then Papa pulled the truck into the fence area, where there’s a wildlife center. The buffalo were surrounding this place. Wildlife Center is definitely a fitting name, for sure with all the wildlife everywhere. Apparently, the buffalo can’t come inside the fence. But there was no gate. Just some weird metal thing for a ground and metal sides. I thought for sure a buffalo was going to come walk right over to us.
You’ll never believe what happened next… my Papa let me out of the truck!! He said it was an excellent opportunity to help me learn how to act around wildlife so I didn’t always go so crazy.
I was super excited, or at least I thought I was. Until I jumped out and saw how gigantic these buffalo are!! It freaked me out – just a little. I cried and whined, only a little.
But then I realized my Papa was with me and I got a little more courage. I sat and looked at the buffalo, who were looking at me! There was one guy who had his head over the fence to get a closer look. I wonder if they had ever seen a golden girl before. Pretty sure they thought I was gorgeous.
Leda got to come out of the truck too. But don’t you know she didn’t make a peep? She just stood next to Mama and looked around at all the buffalo. She even smiled for her picture. But then one of the buffalo at the fence started making a really weird loud noise, and Mama said it was time to go.
We hoped back in the truck and left.
And you know what? I didn’t even go crazy when we drove through those buffalo to head down the road.
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