'Buddy' the beefalo cleared for trip to Florida

Published on Monday, 19 April 2021 12:49


PLYMOUTH – “Buddy” the beefalo has been cleared to make his long-awaited trip to Florida.

Local police over the weekend took to Facebook to provide the community with an update on the beloved animal, which included that a veterinarian visited the beefalo and gave him a marking of good health, also commenting he was very “athletic looking.”

Buddy – a mix of bison and domestic cattle – was expected to head south Monday or Tuesday. He will be living at the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida after the Plymouth Police Union helped the community raise enough money to purchase the beefalo.

As part of his checkup, the animal had to be sedated, allowing police Capt. Edward Benecchi, who has been heavily involved in Buddy’s saga, to finally get close to the animal that had evaded capture for about eight months. Benecchi, who could not immediately be reached for comment Monday, will be using some of his vacation time to check on Buddy later this week.

Buddy last week was finally captured after he wandered onto a local farm where female cows were being kept. He had originally come from a farm in Massachusetts, and was on the loose since early August after escaping a local animal processing facility.

Police have encouraged anyone looking to donate to Buddy’s cause to donate directly to the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary. Funds will be used to care for Buddy and his newfound friends there.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Monday, 19 April 2021 12:49. Updated: Monday, 19 April 2021 12:52.