Famous Plymouth pal the Beefalo will head to a new home in Florida this week – NBC Connecticut
The months-long hunt for “Buddy the Beefalo” is over and now Buddy is days away from arriving at his new home at a Florida cow sanctuary.
It’s a saga that began when the 1,000-pound cattle escaped from a butcher in Plymouth in August.
His time on the run brought fun to people in town and beyond. With the news of his escape, the community gathered around the bovine, named Buddy by the police.
Earlier this week, police were relieved to report that Buddy had been captured, cornered after being caught lounging with the cows of a local farmer.
“He found a farm nearby, the farm had female cows,” Plymouth Police Captain Edward Benecchi said, trying not to laugh.
âBro, I would say, the beauty caught the beast, that’s what I’m saying,â Benecchi said.
Buddy’s daring escape from the local meat processing plant this summer caused a stir on social media. The police department documented the search for several months on Facebook.
âWhatever they’ve done to safely fix this issue, I just can’t say more about this community,â Benecchi said.
To help the police in the hunt, people donated nearly $ 8,500 to help feed, catch and release the beef.
âWe all came together for an animal and now it won’t be slaughtered or anything. Just live off the land and enjoy Florida, âsaid Sara Lavary of Plymouth.
Instead of becoming a flank steak, Buddy will soon be basking in the Florida sun.
There, our country’s largest cow sanctuary was brought to life by community care and Buddy’s daring. They are not surprised by his long stay on the lam.
Instead of becoming a flank steak, Buddy will soon be basking in the Florida sun – he’s heading to a cow sanctuary thanks to donations from the community.
âCattle can be very cunning. People tend to think of them as those big, stupid animals, but they aren’t, âsaid Erin Amerman, president of Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary believes this future snowbird will quickly find friends on the farm, a freedom he fought so hard for.
âI think given the pandemic and everything that’s going on, this was the happy ending that everyone needed. Buddy was an easy-to-rally person. Easy person, easy animal, âshe corrected herself, laughing.
“Four hundred acres, hundreds of cows, Florida, what else would you want?” said Bennechi, who plans to save Buddy on an upcoming trip to Florida.
âHe was the hide-and-seek champion, but I’m happy to see he was captured,â he continued.
Buddy has passed his test and will be leaving for Florida in a day or two. Police said Benecchi would use a vacation to check on Buddy at the end of the week.