was a long waiting list of names of animals that wanted to move to CityTown.It was the most famous and prestigious zoo in the whole wide world and astatus symbol to have as an address. Fred and Felix had a daily menu requestsheet to choose their favorite meals, a personal interior decorator tooversee and update their living quarters and a credit card to use down at theSunshine Commons Store to buy any item they chose. Felix loved peppermint;in fact he loved peppermint so much that his living quarters were decoratedin red and white stripes. Fred always bought big juicy green apples.
Mr. Simon, a short, portly gray haired gentleman with huge black glasses anda thick accent was the Zoo Keeper. A hefty donation from his grandfather’sestate founded and maintained all of CityTown Zoo’s expenses. TheLoopyville Chamber of Commerce was so grateful; they erected a huge stonestatue at the entrance of the town. It read "In Appreciation of AugustusHerman Simon - The Father of CityTown"
Acres after acres of this lush, green and tropical paradise were home to theselect and privileged, and they lived together as one big happy happy family.“Good Morning Fred” "Good Morning Felix" greeted Mr. Simon as he passedSuite G; he called out to Fred without even looking up. Mr. Simon knew thesegrounds like the back of his hand. He remembers when the FoundingFathers of Loopyville voted to build a zoo. His grandfather Augustus HermanSimon announced at the Town Hall Meeting his plans to build CityTown as agift to the town. He told them he wanted to build a zoo with a completelydifferent concept. Animals would populate this zoo by their own choosing.Mr. Simon was a big nature lover. He remembers his grandfather wouldalways bring home every lost and stray animal he could find. As a boy duringthe summers spent at his grandfather’s ranch, he witnessed the groundsbecoming a virtual animal haven. He knew his grandfather’s vision was to havea sanctuary where all animals could come if they so desired, and be treatedwith absolute royalty. Looking around Mr. Simon smiled, Ah…. This is justhow he would want it, no walls, fences or gates.
Felix looked up from his breakfast of candy canes in time to watch Mr.Simon hustle by. He always seemed so happy, always smiling. It occurred toFelix that he addressed each of them by name. Imagine that, Felix thought,1500 residents and still he knew them all by name. Felix waited for Fred tocome to pick him up for their morning walk. Actually, the only one walking