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justine wettschreck/Daily Globe Education Specialist Ashley Verdeck of the Zoo Express holds out Spike the bearded dragon for children to pet Saturday during Rushmore Pride and Heritage Days.

Rushmore shows its Pride and Heritage

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RUSHMORE -- It's not every day that a person gets the chance to pet a bearded dragon. Especially one named Spike. But a couple dozen kids who attended Rushmore's Pride and Heritage Days can claim that honor, along with meeting Ellie the tortoise, Lucy the ball python, Dagwood the chinchilla, and, yes, even Sonic the hedgehog.


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