Animal Farm

A different breed of Hunt Country socialite saddles up.

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Viola Winmill and her zebra, Nderu (Photos by Freudy Photo/Chisholm Gallery)

Viola Winmill and her zebra, Nderu (Photos by Freudy Photo/Chisholm Gallery)

DARWIN AND SWEETIE PIE

In the Virginia countryside, love of animals permeates the lifestyle. It goes beyond dogs and horses. Consider the late sportswoman , whose zebra, Nderu, was imported in June 1930 from Kenya and trained to pull a cart. Mrs. Winmill even added a sunroom on the back of a tenant house known as Whiffletree Manor at her 350-acre farm, Clovelly. The “Zebra Room” paid homage to Nderu’s distinctive black and white stripes in everything from lamps to rugs. Winmill sported a coordinating fur coat long before it became politically incorrect.

Today, we have many more animal lovers such as photographer , who rises every morning to feed her flock of two llamas, five goats, three donkeys, six cats, and six dogs. (This does not include her horses.) “Why so many?” a writer asks.

“Just lucky, I guess,” Janet replies.

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