Snakes, spiders, chimpanzees and even lions… some people just love to keep dangerous animals as pets. But RC Bridges and his wife Sherron have gone a big step further – the Texas couple shares their home with two buffaloes! What makes them love these huge, dangerous animals so much that they give them the run of the house? Incredible Features finds out.
RC has worked with buffaloes for most of his life, but after suffering with health issues in 2004 he had to sell his herd – except for one young buffalo named Wild Thing. RC and his wife decided to keep him as a pet. RC knew what he was getting into, however, even he was surprised to find out buffaloes make great companions: “I knew they were crazy animals. It actually turned out way better than I thought it would be,” laughs RC.
RC is a professional when it comes to handling dangerous animals. In the 1960’s and 70’s he worked as a rodeo clown, and a horse jockey. He is also a two-time world champion at cutting, a sport where a horse and rider separate a cow from its herd and keep it away for a short period of time.
Recently the couple have added a female buffalo to their family – Bullet. Bullet’s previous owner gave her to the couple as a gift when she found she was too hard to control. “She told me if I could catch her, I could have her. She kept getting out of the pen and the Sheriff’s department was mad about it. Well, I just caught her, put her in a trailer and brought her home,” RC explains.
Surprisingly, although already very intimidating, Wild Thing and Bullet aren’t fully grown yet, and could potentially reach up to 6 feet-tall and weigh up to 2,500 pounds. Their curved, sharp horns are two feet long – and lethal – and they are able to run as fast as 40 mph. Considering this, RC’s rapport with the beasts is incredible! That’s why he’s been called the Buffalo Whisperer.