Does That Critter Belong in Texas?

Our hostess drove us around their Texas Game Ranch in their ATV. She pointed out signs (usually scat) of various animals living on the ranch. One large pile belonged to an Indian Antelope or Blackbuck. Since this large male is a regular on their ranch, they decided to name him, “Buddy.”

Aoudad / Barbary Sheep

Many Game Ranches in West Texas have both Indian Antelopes and Aoudad Sheep or Barbary Sheep.

The natural range of these curly-horned sheep is northern Africa. No, they’re definitely not native to Texas. However, they thrive quite well in this part of the state.

Game ranches are required to have high fences to keep their animals from roaming the roads.

Our hosts’ ranch is connected to a nearby neighbor’s. They often keep the gate open between the two. This gives the animals plenty of room to graze and run free.

My hostess knew I wanted a chance to see their Blackbuck. She offered to let me drive the ATV. Yee-haw! What fun!

We found Buddy.

Turns out, Buddy had friends.

On another note, I had a little too much fun driving the ATV. Now I want one. But then we’d have to buy the land to drive it on. Not happening.

Travel Light Humor
Our room inside the barndominium was in the loft. To access it we walked through the main part of the barn past the large equipment storage and up a flight of stairs.

You might be thinking it must have been dirty. You’d be wrong.

A barndominium is not like the typical barns of my childhood. The storage area had a concrete floor, swept clean. Our bedroom was spotless and charmingly furnished.

The cool spring mornings of our visit were so lovely and fresh I left our loft door open for ventilation. When I’d return the door would always be shut. I found this puzzling until the owner explained.

“Hey SuZan, you better keep that door closed upstairs. We still have scorpions that show up in the barn sometimes. They’ve been known to find their way to your bedroom in the loft.”

“One time I found them under my pillow” his wife said. “Ever since then, we’ve kept all doors to living quarters shut.”

Argh!

Later, after a careful search of our room (especially under the pillows and bedding), I found no critters anywhere . . . buggie or otherwise.

After that bit of excitement, I kept the door closed.

Bye!

What surprising critters have you found (or been warned about) in unexpected locations? Tell me in the comments below.

If you plan to travel to Texas Hill Country—keep your doors shut. Turns out scorpions do belong there.

Until next time . . . Travel Light,
SuZan

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