Saturday, January 02, 2010

Where In Heck is Pattie?


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Great camo, huh? Almost missed seeing this beauty. Guess where this was taken...


Kman and I were cemetery sleuthing for his great great grandfather who was a country doctor in the mid 1800's around Mills County, Texas.

We were waaaay out in the boonies on dirt County Road 430 near Goldwaithe when I spied something strange in the dead winter brush. Whoa, Nellie!

Kman back up and we both just stared. There was a real honest-to-goodnes zebra! We stopped to watch for a few minutes, then noticed a small herd of Elands grazing further back deeper in the high-fenced pasture. (The super high fence would have been my first clue that the landowner had exotics enclosed, but I didn't pay attention to that at first.)

We learned later from another kind country landowner that the non-natives were the property of a Brownwood doctor.

Here's a Historical Marker on the history of the area.

As I've mentioned before, it's a small wonder that Kman and I aren't distant cousins given how close geographically our ancestors lived. Entirely possible that some of those relatives were acquainted way back when.

Maybe that's why, to quote the wise Forrest Gump, "we go together like peas and carrots".


Kay Dennison said...

The zoo? A local ranch? Africa?

Cowtown Pattie said...

Yep, Kay, a Texas ranch.

Ronni Bennett said...

Zebras! Eland! In Texas? Wow! That is fabulous. Did you find out what else they might have?

bill / prairie point said...

Pretty much anything you can imagine can be found on the "high fence" operations as they call them. They are stocked with exotics for "hunters" who pay to shoot them. We have several of these operations near where I live. I am not sure who would want to shoot a zebra; he may just be for ambiance.