||Three and a half years old|
||Bison (American plains buffalo)|
||Apple Valley, California, USA|
is one of our three pet bison. He is a gentle, 1,600 pound pet
who thinks he's a kitten. He has a well developed sense of humor,
anything you put in the corral as a toy will end up on his head. When
in season, I buy him those plastic lawn chairs to play with. Last
year it would take him a week or two to completely render it useless.
Now, he's got the lawn chair dismantling down to a science... he can
do it in less than an hour! In the picture he has his plastic bucket
hat on. In the afternoon and evenings when it gets cool, he'll toss
this bucket around and clang it against the fence for hours.
Dunbar lives with his main squeeze, Stormy, also three and a half.
They had their first baby this year. The calf, a boy, looks like his
mom but just like his dad, has a budding sense of buffalo humor in
him. He's already pretty good at the lawn chair dismantling thing!
Dunbar loves to eat out of our hand and unlike most bison, seems to
enjoy the human contact. Each and every morning he's right by the
fence waiting for me (and the food). With a (mostly) gentle flick of
his head, he gives me a high five with his horn as I come out to feed
him. He and Stormy both sense that they are truly pets and enjoy a
special relationship with their people. It is quite a thrill to watch
them thunder around the back yard when they get to running. Buffalo
watching is extremely therapeutic! I should have done this years ago.
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