When Hurricane Irma blew into Pasco County, a heard of Dexter cattle in Dade Metropolis weathered the storm in stride.
“Irma comes via with one hundred ten mile per hour winds, and we’re simply praying every thing is okay,” recalled Lex Salisbury, the proprietor of the Giraffe Ranch.
Salisbury’s herd of Dexter cattle, imported from Eire and recognized for being half the dimensions of a standard cow, had a shock ready.
“Not solely did no one escaped, no one died, however we had a brand new child Dexter cow.”
Lex found the infant after the storm handed and named her, you guessed it, “Irma.”
“It was an epiphany, regardless of all the destruction,” Lex defined every week after the storm. “Life is stronger than that and life goes on.”
Lex was impressed within the “midst of all that chaos,” one thing so harmless and valuable as a child was born.
The infant born on September eleven was adopted by a second child born on September 21. Apart from little Irma and her sister, there’s fairly a couple of animals you don’t generally see.
“Giraffe Ranch is like going to Africa,” Lex stated. “And I have been to Africa 30 occasions, and we just about stole the most effective concepts we present in Africa and type of put them to make use of right here.”
People journey the property like they’re on safari throughout guided excursions. Hybrid faculty buses and truck cabs haul small teams of passengers previous the animal habitats.
“This isn’t a zoo,” Lex cautioned. “We’re placing animals behind very giant perimeter fences and wilderness areas.”
Additionally available, giraffe, zebra, ostrich and within the distance, rhino. Together with camel like Lincoln, who shares affection when referred to as.
“What’s my buddy doing?” Asks Lincoln, rewarding him with a recent magnolia tree department.
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