MADERA RANCHOS, Calif. -- Residents in a California community couldn't believe their eyes when they saw what they thought was a tiny unicorn roaming the area. But the pretty pony wasn't quite what people thought, though she did lead police on a chase.
Juliette looks more like something you'd find in a fairy tale than on a farm. She belongs to 5-year-old Tatum Boos.
"I love my pony," Tatum said. "She likes apples and carrots.
The horn on Juliette's head makes a child's dreams come true. She appears to be a real-life unicorn that makes a living posing for pictures. But on Wednesday, she had other ideas during a birthday party.
"She got afraid and then she pulled it out of the guys hand and then she runned away," Tatum said.
People driving down Avenue 12 in Madera Ranchos called 911 with an unlikely story.
"The calls were coming in as a unicorn running around out there on the roadway," California Highway Patrol Officer Josh McConnell said.
Unicorns are mythical creatures. People don't see them and Juliette lived up to the legend, leading the CHP and area residents on a chase that lasted more than three hours.
"She was running a muck in a couple of orchards with some white blooms so she kind of blended in with the scenery as well and she's not real tall so she turned out to be stealthier than we imagined," owner Sandra Boos said.
It was a bizarre scene -- and heartbreaking for Juliette's best friend.
"I was afraid and then we had to catch her in the dark," Tatum Boos said.
With the CHP helicopter shining its spotlight, Renee Pardy rode in on her horse, Shady. They are friends of Luliette's.
"They had met before and I kind of just walked off with my horse and she followed and luckily we had another Ranchos resident to help get us on the property and get her into a closed spot," Pardy said.
Added Sandra Boos: "The call came out, 'The unicorn was in custody' and I think as tense as the situation was, I think it was the comedic relief that was needed at the time and I laughed and I cried and I thanked God."
With nobody hurt, it's a fairy tale ending for the pony. But according to Tatus, she has some explaining to do.
"She got a timeout because she was being a bad pony," she said.