Cops nab es­caped wa­ter buf­falo

All in a day’s work. “Bear” fled Farm Fest, caught nearby.

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The search for an es­caped 2,000-pound wa­ter buf­falo came to an end in a Westminster drive­way on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The 4-year-old, named “Bear” re­port­edly flew the coop some­time Satur­day night af­ter the first day of the Farm Fresh Fest at Wachusett Moun­tain. His “where­abouts were un­known,” po­lice posted on Face­book Sun­day morn­ing.

Bear the wa­ter buf­falo had ap­par­ently trot­ted up the side of the road to a home about a mile away, po­lice told Metro. A neigh­bor called in the tip, then of­fi­cers cor­ralled the gen­tle beast into a trailer and hauled it back home with­out in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

Westminster Pa­trol­man Jason Ta­mulen wran­gled the wa­ter buf­falo on nearby West Prince­ton Road and kept him oc­cu­pied with a bucket of feed un­til its owner took him home, he told Metro.

For a cop in Westminster, an area packed with farms, it was all in a day’s work, he said.

“That’s just the way it falls some­times,” Ta­mulen told Metro. “Most of us at some point end up hav­ing to cor­ral an­i­mals.”

Bear, Ta­mulen said, ap­par­ently barged his way out of his pen, snap­ping a rope that kept a gate closed. It’s un­clear why, but when po­lice found him, the an­i­mal had por­cu­pine quills in his nose, he said. A painful en­counter with the crit­ter might have ag­i­tated the beast, he said.

Ta­mulen said of­fi­cers were happy the an­i­mal, which came from a farm in Ber­lin, could go home “safe and sound.”

“Good job of­fi­cer Ta­mulen!” the Westminster Po­lice Depart­ment posted on Face­book Sun­day af­ter­noon. “Your cow­boy skills were very use­ful to­day se­cur­ing the wa­ter buf­falo!!”

Ta­mulen de­clined to com­ment when Metro asked about the “cow­boy skills.” His moth­erin-law wrote that, he said.

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The wa­ter buf­falo

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