I love my homestate. Something is always happening. I've experienced extreme cold. School was once cancelled on my birthday due to high winds and Monday, when I clicked over to the Anchorage Daily News for my regular dose of homestate news, I wasn't disappointed. Seems a recently retired Bob Barker has offered to help out the Alaska Zoo with their troubled elephant, Maggie. You can read all about it right here.
See, I love Bob Barker. The summer between the 4th and 5th grades I religiously watched The Price Is Right. And always marveled that Bob cared about pets enough to remind us at the end of every show to have our pets spayed or neutered. (All of my family's cats were spayed or neutered and no doubt Bob had an influence on this.)
I also love Maggie. In Alaska, you don't get to see regular zoo or circus animals. Most of the animals at the Alaska Zoo are found in the surrounding environment. And really, you don't need to see a moose enclosed by a fence when you can just look in your backyard. So it was a treat to see an elephant. Maggie wasn't always alone, either. There was Annabelle, too. She passed away about 10 years ago.
Now, I don't know the entire story of Maggie's declining health and the Alaska Zoo's ownership of her, but I think Bob's offer to help should be taken and add yet another "only in Alaska" story to the book.