Humans and Cattle and ZEBRAS, OH MY!






Remember how I told you that the zebras – from the early days of the Hearst Castle Zoo – still mingle in the hills with the Hearst Ranch cattle?!

Well, today, on my way to work, I saw a gaggle of people along the fence line of the pastures on HWY 1.  I knew they had spotted zebra!

You see, the thing is… these cattle have miles and miles to roam.  So, they aren’t always visible.  Today, I knew something was up because of all of the tourists clamoring along the fence with their phones extended in their arms.

So, I decided to do the same!

I knew I had just about 4 minutes to accomplish my goal of zebra gawking.  I pulled off the highway and parked my car along the shoulder.  Then, I ran up the hill to the fence.  At this point, the sun was directly in my eyes so I had no idea what I was actually photographing, but I aimed and did my best.

Then, I ran down the hill back to my car – to work (about another 5 minutes away).

(I realize that the professional photographs found online of the Hearst Ranch Zebras  – are much better than mine!)

PHOTO JOURNAL

I could see all the humans stopped on the side of the road. I knew there had been a zebra sighting! So, I pulled over, too.

I got out of my car…

Here I am, up to the fenceline. You can see the zebras in the herd. There were about 12 zebras.

I zoomed in on a small group. To be honest, the sun was right in my eyes so I couldn’t tell what I was doing.

I swear, this cow look like a zebracow! She must be influenced by her friends!

Another set of zebra. The cows look very relaxed in the background.

Here I am walking back to my car. You can see how close the herd is to the Pacific Ocean. This huge area of oceanfront is not developed due to the Hearst family.

This was my lunch spot today… I put an arrow where I saw the herd. They roam all of those pasturelands (1000s of acres) on the Pacific Coast Highway and across the highway. Luckeeeee herd!


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UPDATE! JACK AND CHEWY HAVE BEEN FOUND!!! Click to read the story!






Such great news and a small world story… too!

Jack and Chewy have been found!

To read the initial story, click here.

Jack and Chewy were stolen out of the Madonna Inn pastures in San Luis Obispo.  These are large pastures with a landmark hotel right next door!  This local (to me) theft was unbelievable!

Here was the photo from the original story:

The original FB post

TODAY, WE HEARD THE NEWS!!

 

THE SMALL WORLD STORY HERE…

Besides being elated that these horses were found unharmed – unharmed probably because of the extensive networking and the notifying of all brand inspectors and auction houses – these thieves had no where to sell the stolen horses.  Of course, the thieves didn’t have to return Jack and Chewy, but through the grace of the horsegods, they did.

Here is what I know:

The Jack Ranch is along Highway 46… with many gates and turnouts…

I work for Hearst Ranch Winery.  Hearst Ranch purchased the Jack Ranch many years ago.  At the time, the Jack Ranch was one of the largest ranches in CA.  So, imagine the size of this ranch… and also know that the Jack Ranch faces a very long, well traveled highway.  However, there are many turnoffs and gates for the Jack Ranch off of the Highway.

These stolen horses suddenly ‘appeared’ in one of the huge Jack Ranch pastures that faces the highway near a gate.  Early this morning (yesterday now…), cowboys from the Hearst Ranch (who now run cattle on the Jack ranch since Hearst Ranch now owns it) – found these two horses wandering around.  There was no way that 2 domestic horses could find their own way onto this property…   The Hearst Ranch cowboys knew something wasn’t right so they called the authorities.  The authorities, of course, had been looking for these exact horses… so… SAVED!

A great ending and an amazing coincidence that my co-workers happened upon these horses.

I’m so glad (and I know you are, too), that these horses didn’t end up anywhere but where they belonged.

HUGE SIGH of relief!

Thank you, Hearst Ranch Cowboys!

 


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