Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hump Day #4

A place just a few miles from Run*A*Round houses a few exotics.  They used to have 3 elephants, but I believe the owner surrendered them after inquiries were made into their facilities.  I used to be surprised to drive by on our curving little farm-to-market road, glance over and see 3 elephants in a corral made from tree trunks sunk to form a giant round pen of sorts.  These days, besides draft horses, minis, llamas and goats, two of these are about as exotic as they get:




Not your typical Texas livestock, for sure...

86 comments:

Joe said...

We use to have a guy that had two zebra. That was defintely different to see out in a pasyure field.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Lovely photos.

He is a cutie!


Fiona

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Now that's something you don't see every day in Philly:@)

thesedaysofmine.com said...

A man just down the road from us has zebras, emus and ostrich. They've been there for years, but it's strange to ride by and see them. One day I'll write a post about his farm.

Arija said...

Llamas or Alpacas? I like a camel here and there. We have some in the drier part of the sate as well as running wild in the desert. In fact, our camels are the only disease free ones in the world. They were brought over by the original Afghan cameleers at the time of settlement and as cars took over the transport system, they were let loose and over a century and a half, have increased to almost plague proportions and are now being sold back to the Arabs as racing camels.

troutbirder said...

Neat! All we have across the road from our front porch are 13 goats. There activities are better than what's on TV most night though. :)

Mom of M&Ms said...

i got to see that....i wonder how they are doing for water.. or does it matter... lots of cattleman here are selling off herd this weekend.

georgettesullins said...

My husband loves to see the exotics along the roads west of Austin, especially around Leakey and Camp Wood. They are surprising.

Clint said...

I like a dromedary as well as the next guy.

Jill said...

I wouldn't mind the camels but wouldn't care to leave near the elephants. Great shots.

Bruce Clark said...

He must stand up to the Texas heat very we'll.

Posie Patchwork said...

I keep joking that i want a camel, only as my husband can't stand them (he spends way too much time in the Middle East). Did you know Australia has so many wild camels we used to export them to the Middle East as they were running out, not sure if we still do.
Elephants would have been amazing, they are truly magestic, have to wonder if they were indeed getting more love & space & freedom & natural conditions in a local farm near you than a zoo?? Love Posie

wildcatsthree said...

camels would be a pretty exotic scene around here. Happy Wednesday

Roan said...

Not the usual type of Texas critter, but with the summer you've had they may become more popular.

Dicky Bird said...

On Hwy 45 going to Appleton, there is a farm with a camel too....try seeing a camel in snow...I almost went into the ditch, I couldn't believe my eyes...

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Okay, when I saw that camel on my sidebar, I thought: Oh, my, a new visitor!! LOL! Fun to see them! blessings ~ tanna

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, yes, definitely different. :)

Sandra said...

will you stop this??? everytime i come here my eyes get greener and greener with sheer envy.... wow

Birdman said...

Ride 'em camel-girl!

holdingmoments said...

Seeing him would certainly brighten up the day lol

Jan n Jer said...

Very interesting...but I bet they are thriving in the hot Texas heat!

Sharon said...

It's beautiful! Nice shots!

Snappy Di said...

Well at least they had enough water saved up to survive the dry spell! Neat creatures, aren't they?

Susan said...

They'd fit right in in your "Hell-Fire Hot Northeasterly Texas" ... (just noticed your header wording! Sending a coolchange your way - hope it reaches you soon).

Woody said...

So how do I get a saddle on this thing?

Melodie said...

LOL! We have a place like this down the road.They don't have a camel.. I don't think! Buffalo and zebra and the like.There do see to be a lot of people with exotic livestock taste here in Texas!

Melodie said...

LOL! We have a place like this down the road.They don't have a camel.. I don't think! Buffalo and zebra and the like.There do see to be a lot of people with exotic livestock taste here in Texas!

The White Farmhouse said...

I think this guy might be right at home in TX now! That would be weird to be tooling down and see one though.

Changes in the wind said...

That would be funny to see these camels while just driving by...Sure not what you would be expecting.

Barb said...

That is so funny! I'd fall over if I saw a camel as I drove around here!

missing moments said...

It's great that there is a place for some of these creatures. Much better than zoos!
Hope the elephants found better homes!

Debbie said...

"hump day" hehehe, i "get" that, have there been previous ones that i did not "get"??

can you define "not typical" for texas!!! just joking!!!

Samantha said...

We used to hike by a field containing 2 camels..my poor dogs were baffled!

Farm Girl said...

Your really meant hump day!! I think it would be so cool to see them out like that just eating away. Being a fan of exotics I am afraid I might be like your neighbor. Elephants? Wow, Couldn't do that in Commie California.

Texan said...

We have a farm like that by us as well LOL. They have camels, zebras, buffalo can't think what else but a lot of stuff. LOL I see Melodie said they have a farm by them with much the same. Interesting. But no elephants lol.

Michelle Renee said...

Ooohhh...neat! Not your typical TX livestock for sure. Our neighbors in MN had a camel (crazy place for a camel, I know). They called him Sunshine and he had Att--i--tude! I can't look at these pics without thinking about how grumpy they can get.

Katie @Pinke Post said...

Not your typical American livestock at all! Very cool pictures. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Wow, so cool a real hump in hump day! There is a motel north of us which have llamas and that's pretty cool, but to see camels like this would be very interesting while out driving.

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

None of those in my neck of the woods....

Leenie said...

Great photos for HUMP day.

Montanagirl said...

Craziness! Looks like he could walk right through that fence!

bailey-road.com said...

What a lovely camel! Do you know what happened to the elephants? I love to check on the elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN. The have a live ele-cam!

Deb said...

makes you look twice doesn't it...

littlethingsoflife said...

TWG -- These are the perfect hUMpday photos!!! And very appropriate drought photos, too. These two camels must feel right at home; too bad the cows and horses and other livestock can't carry their water around on their backs like these 'exotic' animals!!

Hope your a/c is workin' and that you can stay cool today. :)

Pricilla said...

I love camels. Does he care for them adequately?

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The high temperature Texas draught probably isn't a problem for this fellow.

don said...

A fine and unusual animal shot out in the pasture. I would assume that buying a camel would be very expensive. I would wonder if it is shown at fairs and otherwise put to work in some way.

Rose said...

One day last year we were behind a truck with a trailer that had two camels...I have thought of them different times and wondered where they were headed.

Louise said...

I don't think that they would survive very long around here. I think that the white deer at the Seneca Army Depot are about as exotic as it gets. And, they're native, just deer of a different color.

Sylvia K said...

Interesting sight to come upon! But, hey, it's Texas!! Having been born and raised there, I probably wouldn't have been surprised!! Fun shots for the day!

Sylvia

Cher' Shots said...

Interesting ~ they probably felt right at home this summer with all your heat.
'love & hugs from afar'

JGR said...

Hahahaa, now that is weirdddddddddd.

Tricia said...

better be careful round that dude... he can spit a looong way! heheheee

I wanna thank you for spreading the word about Barn Charm... I was on bon bon's blog wolla go & saw where you'd suggested she link up... thank you, I appreciate ya! =)

Desiree said...

I think the two camels are far better suited to your "hell-fire hot" climate than the three elephants would have been :)

Now, have you tried getting close enough to feed these two "exotics"? My 25 year old daughter would instantly want to do something like that!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I live in North Texas too and never see anything like this. Of course, I'm also smack dab in the middle of the concrete jungle. This is amazing! What a fun photo opp!

Cindy said...

This is too funny! I was driving around with my dad yesterday and we came across a camel! I got out and took pictures and he came right up to me. I feed him some grass and pet him on the nose. He was the sweetest thing, I kept waiting for him to spit on me!

EG Wow said...

Well, that sure would be a BIG surprise if I saw one out in a farmer's field near me!

Ellie said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to drive along and see elephants - strange. Now camels, you definately get some unusual pictures.

Robin said...

T, cool! Not something you see every day. Except for you, when you drive into town. So maybe you do see them every day!
We had a zoo down the road from us and often see the camels and other exotics as we drive by.

Ms. Becky said...

I love camels. I hope they're taking real good care of those critters!

Stafford Ray said...

Come visit Oz. We have about a million feral camels... you could take a few home... please!

Hilda R.B said...

Lovely photos of teh camel. Well done!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I lOVE the camel! we have a couple around our parts, but haven't seen them in quite a long while...I love their funny faces:)

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

Wah, that is quite a sight to pass by a meadow with such exotics!
Enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Love to you,

Mariette

bon bon said...

what a fun sight to see! too bad the elephants are gone. i mean, not for their sake, but for my desire to see elephants.
;o)

Paula said...

Poor feller... I imagine he feels a little out of place!

NicoleB said...

What a sight! I think I would look quite surprised to see that :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Nope, don't see that every day. :) They're huge!

Michaele said...

How nice that they even get haircuts : )

wayside wanderer said...

I'm likin' his beard. Does he have a winter gig as the ride for a wiseman? :)

Paula said...

Hope the cows gave him a Texas Welcome. We used to see scraggly buffalo on the way to the ranch but nothing this interesting.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

We have a few of them critters on a farm a couple miles south of here. At first I thought there must be something strange in the water causing deer to mutate like that. Then I saw the emu and I KNEW there's something in the water!

lisaschaos said...

That's some pretty cool neighbors! ;0) The elephants would have been pretty awesome too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well, those guys must feel right at home in your summer weather.

Nita Davis said...

How neat, we have a few llamas and alpacas around here and I always wonder how they manage to survive our winters. Probably better than a camel would.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat hump day photo, Theresa.... When we lived in Venice, FL for awhile, the Ringling Bros. Circus housed their animals at a winter home not far from where we lived. We could hear the elephants from miles and miles away!!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

heyBJK said...

The last time I saw camels, I was in Saudi Arabia. (There may or may not have been some camel tipping involved.) I suppose this one doesn't have to worry about the drought as much as the other animals.

SquirrelQueen said...

Seeing that fellow would cause a double take or two. I'm sure he feels right at home in the heat.

Zondra Art said...

Lovely photos!

Kisses:)

forestwalk/laura k said...

cool...a camel!

when i lived farther south in plant city...there was a guy there who had zebras, giraffes...you could spot them from the road when driving by...it was always a fun sight to see!

Chatty Crone said...

You have just the best view of everything there!

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

That horse needs a chiropractor... it all bent out of shape...

Dann in Ohio

Manuel Luis said...

Não é comum ver-se camelos a pastar nos campos verdejantes. Lindo este seu olhar atento ao que nos rodeia.
Nos comedouro para aves é fantástico ver como as aves se alimentam e a possibilidade que nos oferecem para umas fotos e estas estão fantásticas.
Abraço

madrassi said...

Lovely captured the humps! they are great species on desert .

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

HA! When he stretches his neck out....I can hear him going "Aaaahhhh-uuuugaaaa" (liek an old car horn) hahahah I crack myself up ;)

Sandra said...

i was busy admiring the explosion of highlighters and looked down and saw a CAMEL... beautiful, love it. this was before i found YOU..

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