Sitting on Santa’s lap and asking for a pony is out. Climbing aboard a taxidermied reindeer in a Montana mall is in. At least it’s a good way for tourists to get their fill of petting the fluffy cows. That way they don’t do it at Yellowstone National Park.
Big Sky Rides at the Rimrock Mall in Billings, Montana offers taxidermied bison, reindeer, and moose for people to get up close and personal with. All that without the danger of actually being up close and personal with the real thing, of course. Jen Mignard, a Montana local who runs the Facebook page “Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of The Idiots,” posted her own photos from the mall. The animals are trussed up for the holidays, with the reindeer pulling a sleigh.
“This morning was spent petting fluffy cows, riding high capacity assault cows, mounting moose, and driving reindeer!” Mignard captioned her post. “A glamor shot astride a bison…. The bucket list is getting shorter!” We can just picture Mignard’s Christmas cards now.
Montana Local Shares Experience at Taxidermied Mall Reindeer
Mignard added that she didn’t have to “report for a court date in Mammoth for any of it.” That’s what you get for harassing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. But this encounter is perfectly safe and legal. And you can go home with a cool photo at the end of it instead of ending up on the Tourons of Yellowstone Instagram page.
According to Mignard, the experience is completely worth it. Additionally, it’s $25 for a framed print, or $35 for multiple digital images from Big Sky Rides. A lot of commenters joked about how “docile” the animals were, while others shared that they were planning their own Yellowstone National Park inspired holiday cards.
Additionally, Mignard shared that Big Sky Rides is up for sale, as the owners of the business are retiring. She also offered to connect serious potential buyers with the agent representing the listing. Have a disposable income and a lot of free time? You could be the new owner of a taxidermied bison, moose, and reindeer in no time.
Yellowstone National Park Posts Bizarre Pic of Snow Patches, Has Wild Explanation
“Those aren’t poppy seeds,” wrote Yellowstone National Park on Facebook recently. They posted a photo of a patch of snow dusted with what looks like the detritus from a poppy seed bagel, and included a wild explanation on top of it all.
The National Park clarified that those are actually snow fleas, which aren’t actually fleas, and aren’t even bugs at all. In fact, scientists are still trying to figure out what snow fleas are.
“Snow fleas, also known as springtails, are a common sight on warm winter days. These tiny animals live in the soil and eat leaf litter and other organic material,” the park wrote on Facebook. “In winter, they often appear on the surface of the snow – sometimes in a dusting like pepper, sometimes in thick clumps.”
Though snow fleas aren’t technically insects, they’re still considered arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton. Additionally, researchers believe they’re more closely related to crustaceans than actual fleas.