'Buddy' the beefalo cleared for trip to Florida

Published on Friday, 23 April 2021 12:10


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 – 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 will be using some of his vacation time to check on Buddy later this week.

“I’ve invested eight months into this,” the police captain said. “I’m looking forward to the finale.”

Benecchi on Friday morning will fly down to Florida to visit the beefalo.

“I just want to make sure he’s being taken care of,” the captain said.

From everything he has seen and heard of Critter Creek, Benecchi said, it looks like a great place with great people.

“For me this is just the final resolution of all of it,” the police captain said.

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.

According to Benecchi, Critter Creek made arrangements with an animal rescue group that will transport Buddy to Florida on Tuesday. The trip is expected to last just under 24 hours.

Benecchi has 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 buddies,” the captain said.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Friday, 23 April 2021 12:10. Updated: Friday, 23 April 2021 12:12.