Indiana Buffalo Gets Loose, Pens Itself in Fence Around Sheriffs Office

VERSAILLES, Ind., Sept. 20 (UPI) — A buffalo that got loose in Indiana lucked out when it became trapped in fencing around the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies in Versailles had been planning to kill the 1,800-pound animal Friday, fearing it could hurt or kill someone, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported. But once it was penned in, they called a vet, who tranquilized it.

“I am glad the animal traveled where it did; we were able to corral it, and we saved the animal. That is important, as it is a very majestic animal,” Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills said. “Nobody was hurt, and the buffalo will recover to roam his home pastures once again. It worked out the very best it could.”

The buffalo was first reported around 7:30 a.m.

“Sure enough, there was a buffalo in my front yard eating the grass — yes, eating my grass,” Kiersten Libby said.

Kylan Brandt, a fifth-grader, said he was warned by police as he headed for the school bus stop that a wandering buffalo was in the neighborhood.

Deputies said the buffalo caused no injuries during its wanderings and was safely returned to its owner.

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