We were so glad we stopped at the ranch. We had just missed the 12:00 train, but the trading post was a great place to wait for the 1:30 train. They have a huge stuffed jackalope and a huge stuffed bison to climb up on for pictures, along with lots of souvenirs to look at and possibly purchase.
Our 'engineer/guide' for the train was very engaging and helped us get used to hand-feeding these huge animals. About 10-15 bison started towards the train as we approached and stayed til all our feed bags were empty. We learned that they have to get up courage to come close enough to be fed, and that they have no top teeth, so there was not chance of being bitten by mistake. The little ones that came up to the train liked to rub their necks/shoulders on the train, and they were content to pick up the pieces if food fell to the ground.
We had a special once-in-a-lifetime surprise when we rolled past a mama bison and her VERY newborn baby. The mama was licking it off and the baby was trying very hard to stand up for the first time. I'll never forget that moment!
The animals we saw after the ride: goats, llamas, huge hogs, donkeys, an ostrich, camels, horses.
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