Are ALL Canadians Wacky???

@LadyMarissa (12161)
United States
December 9, 2010 7:45pm CST
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pet-buffalo-rides-in-car.html Jim Lautner of Edmonton Alberta Canada has trained 2 Bison in his lifetime. First there was Bailey Sr who he began training when the calf was only 9 months old. Bailey Sr died in an unexplained farm related accident & Bailey Jr was born. Jim began training Jr when it was only 1 day old. Now Jr weighs 1,600 pounds & he & Jim are best of friends. They run together, play together & occasionally Jim rides Jr. More often than not, you will catch Jim taking Bailey Jr for a ride in his customized old Pontiac sedan convertible. Bailey rides with his rear in the back seat & his front feet in the front seat. Jim's dog rides on the back of the car seemingly content with his playmate!!! It was amazing to watch Jim & Bailey interacting with each other!!! They will be featured on the Animal Planet some time early 2011. If you can catch it in your area, it will be well worth watching!!! Have you ever tried to train an exotic animal & how did you do it???? It can't be the same as training a dog!!! Are all Canadians this wacky???? Please explain how so????
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Thanks for sharing this interesting article. I hadn't heard about any other case like this. I agree with reviewers that I wish this aniaml could be free. But then if this calf is happy and fed well adn healthy, it's fantastic I'd think. Sound slike they are loving best friends. :o) I bet the news about how the Sr. was killed in a "farm accident" it was not good at all maybe the human's fault? But good for this man being able to connect so well with his "family member" Very cute.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
10 Dec 10
The news report I saw that prompted this discussion showed a video of Jim & Bailey cuddling each other. Bailey seemed very happy. He knows nothing different than being with Jim (his adopted Dad), so I doubt he misses the wild!!! I couldn't help but have reservations about Jim's safety!!! If Bailey gets too playful, it's possible Jim could get hurt!!! As Bailey gets older, his wild tendencies may become more prominent. It has been proven with lions & tigers & bears (oh my) that wild animals NEVER really lose their tendency to be wild...it's just sometimes delayed!!! I fear the "farm accident" Baily Sr met was been prepared for the dinner table, but I don't like dwelling on that thought!!!! The video of Jim & Bailey interacting with each other was quite cute & I look forward to seeing the show on the Animal Planet next year!!!!
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@BarBaraPrz (21092)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Dec 10
We gotta do something to keep you guessing... Just last night I watched the movie A Bear Named Winnie... the story of how a young Canadian soldier saved the life of an orphaned bear cub prior to WWI and it imprinted on him, etc.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
10 Dec 10
So, that's why you guys are so exciting...we never know what you're going to do!!! I've never heard of "A Bear Named Winnie" (except Winnie the Pooh), but I'll have to see if I can find it on Netflix. I'm a sucker for the heart warming story of man interacting with nature...especially animals!!!
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
10 Dec 10
I learn something new EVERY day!!! "Winnie the Pooh" was based on the story of "A Bear Named Winnie"!!! I went straight to Netflix & the next movie I receive will be "A Bear Named Winnie"!!!!
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@BarBaraPrz (21092)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Dec 10
The two cubs that play the young Winnie are adorable.