After 250 Days On The Loose Buddy Has Been Captured
Buddy the elusive beefalo has been captured after 250 days on the run. The 800- to 900-pound beefalo, a cross between a bison and domestic cattle, was being loaded off of a truck at a meat processing plant in Plymouth, Connecticut on August 3rd when he eluded his handlers and took off running.
Over the past seven months, Buddy has made appearances on wildlife cameras set up by the police and popped up around Western Connecticut on various properties around the state. Attempts to lure him into a pen with food failed on multiple occasions and the domesticated-turned-wild beefalo continued to avoid capture. The quest to corral Buddy quickly turned into a statewide effort and the surrounding communities kept him alive by feeding him throughout the winter.
Police Captain Edward Benecchi said that Buddy had wandered onto a farm in town and was kicking it with some cows. He was discovered by a 10-year-old Cody Pleil, who ran back to tell his grandparents that he saw a strange cow while going to feed the other animals.
“He found a farm nearby, the farm had some female cows,” said Benecchi, trying not to laugh. “Buddy, I would say, beauty caught the beast”
This is upsetting and makes sweeping assumptions about my interests and affinities. The soundtrack is a bop tho. https://t.co/j6q6QhEkOw
— Buddy the Beefalo (@BuddyTheBeefalo) April 16, 2021
If he passes all of the physical tests this week, Buddy will be sent to the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida and live out his life on 4,000 acres. Local Plymouth and surrounding residents had raised nearly $10,000 for the soon to be Floridian and he will be well taken care of in the Sunshine State. Police captain Benecchi even said that he plans to take some time off later this month to visit.