Haynes, 54, didn't bury his head in the sand, though. He also has a 3,000-acre farm with 50 varieties of creatures, including a camel and two zebras. At an animal auction in Texas last spring, he saw a four-year-old ostrich viciously pecking at passersby. Haynes recalls, "I decided, 'That's what we need.' " He spent $450 for the 300-pound, seven-foot Oscar and shipped him to Lambert. Nary a windshield wiper has disappeared from Haynes's junkyard since. Oscar now has his own monogrammed shed in a small corral, a sprinkler system and plenty of dog food, among other sustenance. So far he hasn't even delivered a swift kick in anger. Says Haynes, "No one's been brave enough to go in there at night."
Despite buying two Doberman pinschers to guard the 500 automobiles in his 25-acre junkyard in Lambert, Miss., Fletcher Haynes was getting ripped off. Thieves were filching wheels, radiators and other parts. The dogs were useless, and, says Haynes, "I just got disgusted."