An odd find in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Edinboro is about halfway between Meadville and Erie, so about a 25 minute drive for us.
Who even knew there were such things as buffalo farms? (Random tidbit: People mistakenly call North American Bison buffalo. This is incorrect. No buffalo have ever lived in North America. Early settlers to North America thought bison resembled buffalo and called them by that name.)
I’m sure you can see bison are huge and look quite serious. And I know you didn’t miss those big, scary-looking horns. But did you know bison could be cheeky? Did you know they are great entertainment (as long as they are behind an electric fence) for kids….even teens feeling brave (with that fence in place) trying to get their attention?
Who knew how smart bison are? When subjected to the antics of a teen trying to get them closer to the fence, they just run away to the furthest point they can find. I bet a lot of parents would like to do this very thing when faced with the prospect of up-close time with their wound-up teen. A few random facts to educate you:
- Bison bulls: approximately 2,000 pounds, 6 feet high at the hump, and 9 feet long.
- Female bison: approximately 1,200 pounds, 5 feet high and 6 feet from nose to tail.
- Newborn bison weigh about 50 pounds.
- Bison are the largest land animals in the U.S.
- Bison will attack humans if provoked and indeed are one of the most dangerous animals in America. DO NOT APPROACH them….especially when they are protecting a calf.
- Stand back…They can run 65 km/40 miles an hour!
- Bison live between 20 and 25 years and can adapt to any climate. Snow can settle on their back and not melt! That fur is really well-insulated.
- Bison are the new “healthy alternative” option on the menu. Their meat is lower in fat and cholesterol, higher in protein than beef, and supposedly has a much fuller flavour. Notice the signage at the Wooden Nickel Restaurant:
Probably a good thing bison can’t read and I’m not going to be the one to tell them!