In a tragic bifecta of unrelated events, both Cam the Ram, CSU’s mascot and Ralphie the buffalo, CU’s counterpart have been killed and eaten plunging Fort Collins and Boulder into collective mourning.
It all started with Cam the Ram’s appearance at the CSU vs. Oregon State University game which inaugurated CSU’s new football stadium. The excessive temperature of game day cause worrisome possible signs of dehydration in the ovine mascot. Minders immediately contacted his personal veterinarian who recommended immediate transport to CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This is where things took a tragic turn.
A mix-up in paperwork at the stadium and a mis-entry on Google Maps landed Cam at a local kosher/halal butcher shop instead of the vet. When the SNAFU was noticed, it was too late.
The two butchers, one Muslim, one Jewish were apologetic about the incident In a press real ease Hamid Abdul el-Said and Levi Rothstein, the interfaith butchers, had this to say, “We purchased a few head of livestock from CSU, so that we could split the cost between us for Rosh Hoshana and Hajj, which happen to overlap this year. We didn’t realize who it was that had been included with the other ovines until CSU contacted us early in the week. Unfortunately, he had been turned into crown roast, braised shank and tripe stew with garlic. At least we consecrated him before and prayed for him after…”
Ralphie for her part enjoyed a few moments of freedom before her demise. In a fit of spontaneous activism, a group of drunk CU students freed Ralphie from her pen Saturday night. Loading her onto a stolen trailer, daybreak saw the spontaneous animal rights activists driving hung over around Boulder trying to figure out what to to with the stolen animal. A cursory web search turned up the reintroduced bison population at Soapstone Prairie, at which point they turned Northwards. Setting the female bison free, they drove back to Boulder. In a police deposition, one of the bison thieves stated, “She seemed quite happy to be out in nature- ya know… just like the orca at the end of Free Willy.”
Ralphie’s carcass was discovered with various arrow-like wounds by Larimer County Senior Naturalists on Monday evening. Visiting the reintroduced Indian Stettlement (see the Focopolitan Tribune’s article from May 31st ) the naturalists were surprised to find inhabitants feasting. On further examination, of the bison’s hide, no tracking number was found. It didn’t take long for the LCSN and CU officials to figure out that the dead animal was indeed the missing Ralphie.
Yawning Coyote Pratt, spokesman for the reintroduced American Indian settlement had this to say, “What the fuck, people?!?!?!? You tell me to kill a bison, and I kill my first one, and you’re all like ‘You killed the wrong one!!’ How the fuck am I supposed to know which one is which – they are all bison! i wasn’t born into this lifestyle, nor did my ancestors even hunt these things- they were fucking corn, squash and bean farmers! I’m gonna be proud of this kill no matter what you say. I’m gonna eat my first meal in a long time! Grilling night, baby! Oh, and what’s this about a football game? Can I borrow a TV?”