The local countryside is full of rolling pastures dotted by the occasional orchard tree. While the types of plants are different, the layout looks a lot like the plains of Africa.
Now it looks a lot more like Africa.
When Katrina hit the Coast, lots of refugees came here, bringing their livestock and pets with them. Local pastures were made available for displaced horses and other animals who needed it. Turns out some of the pets were a little more exotic then others. Someone brought up a menagerie that included lions and stored them in the next county. Some of the lions escaped. There is at least one mated pair missing, possibly others. (For some reason, the owners are rather reticent on that subject.) Lion tracks have been spotted near our house, and last night the the news reported that lions attacked and killed three goats in a pasture five miles from us.
We have small dogs in our backyard. And big piles of sand that overlook the neighbor's pasture full of newborn calves. And little girls, lets not forget them.