By: Greg Ellison
DENVER — The Royal Gorge Fire inflicted monumental damage on the popular tourist attraction. Most of the buildings at the park were destroyed. Fortunately, the bridge itself was spared.
Despite the dour news, another bright spot appeared in the dark clouds when a rare white buffalo calf was born.
The newborn, appropriately named Smokey, was born at 5:30 a.m. Saturday according to Royal Gorge Park officials.
The recent fire destroyed 3,218 acres along with 48 of 52 commercial structures.
The news about the buffalo birth was posted on the park’s Facebook page. As the rebuilding effort begins, many are taking the appearance of Smokey as a positive sign.
Luckily, careful planning and the creation of a fire safe zone, cleared of trees and brush, enabled every animal to survive the fire.
In numerous Native American cultures white buffaloes are viewed as spiritually meaningful. Adherents to these beliefs frequently involve white buffaloes in religious rites.