Four degrees here this morning, but windy, VERY windy.
Your blogger is struggling with an infection in her jaw, and
about at the end of her wits. After a visit to the dentist, and
then across the street to Walmart for the antibiotics and
pain medication... I ran to the old place to fill the water
bowls on the porch.
On my way back, I decided to go a longer way, but
a way that avoided gravel roads so I wouldn't jounce
that jaw around even more.
When we moved into our home ten years ago, we
discovered there was a herd of buffalo on an uninhabited farm
across the highway, very close to us. The property has been
for sale, except for the (supposed) ten acres where the burned out
house, and several VERY nice barns sit.
And a herd of buffalo!
I became so concerned about this herd during our terrible winters that
I checked up on them. The owner passed away, and his
daughter inherited the place. She became somewhat of
an animal hoarder, and was finally "busted" by the authorities.
The buffalo had been her dad's. However, after this lady
was forced to give up her animals... she left and moved to California, where
she has stayed. The sheriff has assumed nominal responsibility for the herd,
but when I called to express my concern... I was (condescended to) told that
"those buffalo know how to take care of themselves, little lady". Okay, he didn't actually say "little lady", but his voice meant it.
So I have worried about them through two terrible summers and two terrible winters.
Rarely did we see them up in the "front' along 24/40 highway.
Imagine my surprise today, to see them literally two pastures down from where
we believed them to be penned.
They were in a low area, sheltering from the terrible winds.
And the other group was even lower...
I would have given anything to have the big camera with me.
I counted 19. I think they surely must have broken out of their small pasture
"just as the sheriff's deputy said they would".
There were two REALLY big bulls.
My guess is that at some point, there's gonna be a buffalo roundup, because they now have access to a pasture and pond where cattle have roamed these last few years, and where men fish.
I was glad to see they were in good flesh.
I know Keith is going to clock me for stopping to get these pictures.