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PRESCOTT, Wash. — Izzy loves little kids and loud noises, has portrayed a zombie on TV and has his own Facebook page.

Izzy, 17, is a 1,700-pound dromedary camel. He is owned by Mickey Richards, who keeps a menagerie of animals on his 21-acre farm about 19 miles north of Walla Walla in southeastern Washington state.

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Izzy the camel in his pen Sept. 26 near Prescott, Wash. Izzy has more than 3,000 followers on Facebook and participates in community events and educational activities around the region. The United Nations has declared 2024 the International Year of Camelids.

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Izzy the camel, in makeup to look like a zombie camel for his appearance in an episode of the zombie TV show “Z Nation.”

My Granny used to have this kitschy plaque hanging on her wall that said, “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with facts.”

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Doug Baum owns Texas Camels Corps, the only multi-day camel trek company in North America, based in Central Texas.

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Possible USDA recategorization of camels as exotic animals instead of livestock would potentially be “devastating” for enterprises such as the Pacific Northwest Camel Co. in Oakland, Ore., its owner says.

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Llama Association of North America president Kathy Nichols demonstrates carting with llamas.

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Stacie Chavez, owner of Imperial Yarn in Terrebonne, Ore.

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