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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)

Zebra stands guard at Oregon goat ranch

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By Tom Adams

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.

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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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