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Zebra stands guard at Oregon goat ranch

Motorists along Airport Road west of Lebanon are still doing double takes on the sight of 110 Boer goats and a guard zebra named Zinfandel, or Lady Zin for short. It's all part of the 90 acre Wilton Boer goat ranch owned by Norman and Rosalinda Vizina. (SBG)

LEBANON, Ore. (KVAL) — Motorists along Airport Road west of Lebanon are still doing double takes on the sight of 110 Boer goats and a guard zebra named Zinfandel, or Lady Zin for short.

"They slow down," Norman Vizina said. "They stop all the time."

It's all part of the 90-acre Wilton Boer goat ranch owned by Norman and Rosalinda Vizina.

They raise the goats for fairs and shows, not for meat.

Lady Zin is like a watchdog, only better, Norman said.

"They're herd animals. She is a herd animal," he said. "This is her herd."

Lady Zin guards the goats and is extremely protective of them.

But now there is a second zebra on the farm: Mr. Z is his name.

The Vizinas just bought him last Sunday, with a plan to breed him with Zin. Norman says he just loves exotic animals: he plans to buy a pair of emus later to add to his menagerie.

"Green Acres is the place for me," he sang with a laugh.

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