Camel takes a stroll on the beach in Morro Bay

Visitors to the Strand in Morro Bay were surprised Thursday by a sight you certainly don’t see every day: a camel taking a stroll on the beach.

The camel’s trainer, Annie Woods, and friends from Woods Hollow Farm in Atascadero brought Izaboo over the hill for her first-ever visit to the shore, photographer Danna Dykstra Coy said.

The camel seemed to enjoy the attention in between trotting around and lying down for a rest on the sand as any first-time beach-goer, of course, should do.

Izaboo is one of three dromedary camels that live at Woods Hollow Farm along with other exotic animals, German shorthair pointer dogs and farmyard birds for sale, as well as various rescue pets.

Visit www.woodshollowfarm.com for more information about the farm.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Annie Woods as Izaboo’s owner. The error has been corrected.

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Joe Tarica is the editor of The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. He’s worked in various newsroom roles since 1993, including as an award-winning copy editor, designer and writer of the Joetopia column. A California native, he has been a resident of San Luis Obispo County for more than three decades and is a Cal Poly graduate.