To many Native Americans, a white buffalo is a good omen. So perhaps the birth of a white buffalo in Royal Gorge Park bodes well for the area’s recovery after last week’s devastating fire.
Smokey, a bull calf, was born Saturday as the fire was being brought under control. He’s the newest member of a small herd that managed to survive in a cleared area as flames swept through the park. Some 3,200 acres burned around both ends of the famous Royal Gorge Bridge, and 48 of the park’s 52 structures were destroyed. The historic bridge, however, remained relatively untouched with only a few of its 1,000 wooden planks scorched.
Here’s hoping Smokey’s arrival means a speedy recovery for the park and the area’s economy.