Penn’s Cave Wildlife Park

Tuesday, August 9

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2 (2)Inside the Visitors Center

2 (3)This place was full when we arrived at 10 AM (when it opens) – with 4 or 5 busloads of people. We thought we may have long waiting lines. When we were given instructions for getting tickets, she said they opened early for these buses – and they were leaving. That was nice. 🙂

2 (4)It was suggested that we go on the wildlife tour first. This was our guide.

2 (5)He walked backwards the entire way to the bus – giving us information and instructions as we walked.

2 (6)Jesse is in his seat and ready to go.

2a (1)We drove by a few farm animals first. I somehow missed getting pictures of the bison because they were on the opposite side of the bus.

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2a (7)They have a beautiful herd of elk.

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2a (9)I thought this tree looked nice – all by itself in the middle of the field – as we made our way to the Texas Longhorns.

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3aThanks Jana for taking these pictures for me. She was closer to the herd than I was.

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3b (2)It is already growing horns.

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4 (1)I suppose you know what we are going to see next.

4 (2)Our guide got out of the bus – with some food – to entice them to the fence.

4 (3)They came to the fence but were quite distracted because the man who bottle fed them when they were pups was walking along the trail.

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4 (5)I think there were 5 or 6 in the pack.

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4 (9)These two are twins – brothers – and were also bottle fed here as cubs. It was about this time that they acted like they were preparing to fight. Our guide scolded them and they stopped.

4 (10)He carefully chose grass to feed him.

4 (11)He held it up high so the bear would stand up.

4 (12)We were fascinated by this butterfly that kept flitting around the bear. They knew it was there and sometimes moved toward it but the butterfly was faster than the bear.

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6 (2)It was a lazy time of day for the mountain lions, so they just looked at us.

6 (3)They are not in the open as it appears. I took this picture through glass.

6 (4)He was not impressed with this group.

6 (5)Our next stop was the bobcats. We only saw one, because the brother stayed inside the building the entire time. The guide said he rarely comes out in daytime.

6 (6)Bobcats mark their territory a lot, so the area smelled rather strong of cat urine.

6 (7)The bighorn sheep were the last animal on the tour.

6 (8)They were lying down, but quickly came to the fence when our guide got out of the bus.

6 (9)They knew he had food for them.

6 (10)We went by the farm buildings again on our way to the visitor’s center.

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6 (14)This little guy was waiting for us just outside the visitors center gift shop.

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Tomorrow night – Penn’s Cave

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