On Hatteberg's People, it was a tough day to be outside last week. Oh the sun was shining, but the wind and cold had finally hit and out in farm country near Chase, Kansas west of Lyons the wind was not my friend. Who was however, was Tracy McIntyre, a young woman whose life is loving animals of all kinds....and its a love she lives. On a farm with her husband she is living the life she wants -- with all kinds of animals, and some whose roots go all the way back to Africa.
"You hit the driveway and think....ahhh, I'm home now. It's peaceful!
Meet Tracy McIntyre.
"I hate winter."
It's 20 degrees.
"Even though this is mild, I still hate winter.
The wind about 30 mph.
"Give me Spring and Summer any day."
"During the Summer time we had...it looked like a dust bowl. We had dust coming from the south and it was not nice."
Animals still have to be fed and Tracy loves each and every one. She and her husband Richard raise exotic animals and on their farm near Chase, Kansas.
"I know you want to be a little pig, let Chipper have some."
"Don't you spit, no, don't you spit!"
Alpacas, llamas, miniature horses and exotic birds just to name a few.
"It is being one with nature and the solitude, you know, the peace and quiet."
While many of her animals are not the usual 'farm' fare.....it is these big boys in a pasture about seven miles from her home that get the most attention.
"Come on, there ya go."
"Nobody likes the big horns nowadays. If you were to take them to a sale, they wouldn't go very good. Not everybody has the Watusi cattle. Everybody has Angus, Charolais, the Limousines, but not everybody has the Watusi."
Watusi cattle native to Africa are the world's largest horned cattle, but seldom seen in Kansas. But those horns...now those are fascinating.
"They are hollow, they look like a honeycomb inside and the blood circulates through them and keeps them warm. If they were to break one, they could bleed to death."
In Africa, some tribes believe the Watusi is a sacred animal. To Tracy -- they are simply fascinating.
"Oh I love them. I do, I really do. Like I said, they are...I can't describe any other word. They are unique!"
For Tracy, no city life for her -- it's the exotic cattle, the country life, where friends are friends...no matter how small or large.
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