Runaway ‘unicorn’ captured safely in California

MADERA COUNTY, CA (WFLA) – Residents of a California community couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw this little “unicorn” roaming the area, a CNN station in the area reported.

The animal wasn’t quite what people thought, but it did lead police on a chase, according to KGPE.

“Juliette” looks like something you’d find in a fairy tale than on a farm. She belongs to 5-year-old Tatum Boos.

“I love my pony,” Tatum said. “She likes apples and carrots.”

The horn on Juliette’s head makes a child’s dreams come true. She appears to be a real life unicorn that makes a living posing for pictures. But on Wednesday, she had other plans, KGPE reported.

“She got afraid and then she pulled it out of the guy’s hand and then she runned away,” Tatum explained.

People driving down Avenue 12 in Madera Ranchos called 911 telling the operators about a unicorn on the roadway.

“The calls were coming in as a unicorn running around out there on the roadway,” Officer Josh McConnell with California Highway Patrol said.

Juliette lead the California Highway Patrol and area residents on a chase that lasted more than three hours, according to CNN.

“She was running a muck in a couple of orchards with some white blooms, so she kind of blended in with the scenery as well and she’s not real tall so she turned out to be stealthier than we imagined,” Sandra Boos, Juliette’s owner, said.

“I was afraid and then we had to catch her in the dark,” Tatum said.

With the CHP helicopter shining its spotlight, Renee Pardy rode in on her horse, “Shady” who Juliette knows well. Pardy and Shady walked Juliette to safety.

“The call came out ‘the unicorn was in custody’ and I think as tense as the situation was I think it was the comedic relief that was needed at the time and I laughed and I cried and I thanked God,” Sandra Boos said.

With nobody hurt, it was a fairy tale ending for the pony, but, according to Tatum, she has some explaining to do.

“She gotted a time out because she was being a bad pony,” said Tatum.


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