News Animals Runaway Unicorn in California Leads Police on Wild Chase By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated September 10, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices The California Highway Patrol spent hours trying to find the fugitive creature after it escaped from a fairy-tale photo shoot in Madera Ranchos. The first time Juliette escaped from a children’s photo shoot in Madera Ranchos, California, she was quickly wrangled by her handler. But the second time she flew the coop, she hauled her fleet-of-foot magical self into the woods, leading police on a three-hour hunt. They became so desperate that they called in a helicopter and thermal imaging to find the unicorn, which was smartly hiding out in a (certainly) rainbow-dotted orchard. And when we say “unicorn,” we mean a pony dressed as a unicorn. Yes, a pony in a unicorn costume ... and can you blame her? Give a pony unicorn aspirations and clearly she wouldn’t want to suffer the indignity of a paddock and serving as a photo shoot prop – unicorns are meant to be frolicking in meadows in the moonlight, not servitude. And comes to think if it, maybe ponies are meant for that as well? Full story below.