York’s Wild Kingdom
York, Maine's second oldest town, has had a long and lively history. It has gone by the name of Agamenticus (the Abenaki term for the York River), Bristol (after British settlers), Georgeana (first incorporated town in America and then belonging to the state of Massachusetts) and finally York (after York, England). York’s Wild Kingdom is Maine’s’ largest amusement park. The park offers opportunities to see lions, tigers, alligators, ostrich, and even Lydia the elephant!
From Small as an Elephant
Jack sat forward in his seat as they drove into the busy town of York, but his stomach took a dive when he saw the entrance of the park. Hardly any cars were parked out front. Definitely not a good sign.
They got out of the car and walked past silent kiddie rides to the animal pens. “Wait here,” said Big Jack, and he went into the gift shop to get their admission passes.
“No way!” said Jack. “I need to know if Lydia’s here!” He followed Jack inside, where they asked the woman behind the cash register.
“Well,” she said. “David, one of the trainers, was in here a few minutes ago to buy a soda and say goodbye. But that doesn’t mean they’ve pulled out yet.”
Jack raced through the gate ahead of Big Jack. She couldn’t be gone! She couldn’t! He couldn’t have come all this way, gone through so much, only to have her slip through his fingers.