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A House-Trained Bison In Dallas Now Has A New Home

“TAME/HOUSEBROKEN BUFFALO COW — $5,950. Cash only. No trades.”

No, it’s not an Onion article, nor is it a fake Craigslist ad. Karen Schoeve was actually looking to get rid of Bullet, her half-ton pet bison “with great personality.”

“I’m working and feeding animals and working and feeding animals.” Schoeve, a full-time court reporter, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview this weekend. “It’s just been hard for me to keep up. The best thing for me is to get everybody a good home, especially Bullet, because she deserves the best.”

Bullet, who was domesticated even before she came to live with Schoeve, couldn’t just be turned out to live with a herd of her own. “It’s the way she came. It’s the way she is,” Schoeve said. “She doesn’t need more buffaloes, she doesn’t need to be with cattle.”

Thanks to the interview, Schoeve found Bullet a new home, a piece of grassy land in Flower Mound, Texas, by Saturday evening.

But Schoeve will miss Bullet. In the interview, she reminisces about the first time Bullet came into the house. “I about had heart failure,” she says. “It was scary, it was intimidating, and it was like, ‘How am I gonna get you out?’”

Luckily, Bullet, who Schoeve says “doesn’t have a mean bone in her body,” found her way out. “She did pretty much what she does today. She lounges through, she turns around and sniffs…”

According to Schoeve, Bullet thinks she’s a dog. Except that she’s a thousand-pound buffalo, which means that she can’t be as easily manipulated as a dog. But she still pulls dog-like tricks, like escaping from her pen and sneaking into the house whenever she can.

As for Bullet’s new residence, she’ll be sharing the land with two other Craigslist-rescued cows. And Schoeve, who’s been given the gate code, to the pasture, can visit Bullet whenever she wants.

Check out the interview with Schoeve below. We’re not crying. You’re crying.

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