>When we headed to Amish country in NorthWestern Ohio a few weeks ago, we expected to eat some great food, see some picturesque farms, and give the kids a sense of how dependent we are on electricity.
We certainly did not expect to see any exotic animals.
But on Saturday as we drove around, all the Amish buggies seemed to be headed in the same direction. So we followed them, curious to see where the action was.
And that’s how we landed at the Mt Hope auction house where an exotic animal auction was in full swing. The program advertised that monkeys, bears and kangaroos were among the many species for sale. But we didn’t see them. We did see some camels, peacocks, and adorable miniature bunnies amidst the livestock. The stands were packed with Amish farmers and their families.
I took a few pictures before a burly Amish man threatened to take away my camera or “throw me in jail.” I’m not surprised. The cages were stacked to the rafters and the animals hardly had room to move. After that, I put my camera away, but the sights and smells of that bizarre auction in the middle of nowhere remains etched in our minds more vivid than any picture.