3 Guys Vie for title of "Buffalo Whisperer" in Canada, US and S Africa

Yesterday Asylum clued the world into Canada’s so-called Buffalo Whisperer. But the story neglected to mention the apparent controversy. (We mean aside from bison making dangerous pets). Canada isn’t the only country to boast of a Buffalo Whisperer. The US and South Africa have their very own Buffalo Whisperers, too. Here are each of their cases to be the real Buffalo Whisperer.

Bailey Rides

Buffalo Bailey Rides--notice both bison and spaniel have food bowls

canada flagCanada

Buffalo Whisperer: Jim Sautner, rancher, Spruce Grove (near Edmonton), Alberta

Buffalo: Bailey, Jr.

Age: 2

Weight: 1,600-pound male

Consolation for: Tragic death of first pet bison, Bailey, Sr., in 2008.

Special Skills: Rides in Car

Jim and Linda Sautner first had a pet bison in Bailey, but Bailey at a young age 4 (bison can live to 40) when his foot got stuck in a grate and he fell over and crushed his organs. Just weeks later a neighbor called with an orphaned bison. The couple met the youngster and pronounced him “sensible.” Bailey rides in his converted car along with a cocker spaniel. He drinks beer in bars and goes to charity events.

United States

RC Dances with Buffalo

Buffalo Whisperer: RC Bridges, 61, Quinlan (near Dallas), TX

Buffalo: Wildthing, Age 5, 1,300 pounds

Consolation for: Losing eye to parasites

Special Skills: Dances, Pulls Chariot, Plays Basketball, Rounds up livestock, Sets world records

Life-long cowboy and horse trainer RC Bridges lost an eye to an exotic parasite in 2004, went through surgeries to regain sight and in 2005 took in a baby buffalo. He and his wife Sherron and their kids made Wildthing a member of the family with his own room.

Luke gets a buffalo kiss

South Africa

Buffalo Whisperer: Luke Michaelides, 13, Limpopo (near Kruger), South Africa

Buffalo: Hop-a-long, 6-8 year old female, 1,100 pounds, Skip-a-long, 1 year old male

Consolation for: The family started taking care of Hop-a-long since she was injured by a male

Special Skills: Cape Buffalo are a completely different species–the one settlers mistakenly named North American bison after. They’re wild and dangerous, killing hundreds of Africans a year. So, it’s quite a feat that Luke gets close, earns their trust and gets kisses.

Luke is planning on writing a book about gradually getting the buffalo to trust him, the Daily Mail says.

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4 comments to 3 Guys Vie for title of “Buffalo Whisperer” in Canada, US and S Africa

  • Lily

    I wonder if Jim & RC know one another? How cute it might be if the buffalos were to ever meet. I wonder how they would behave.? Oh well, I guess it’s too far for either to travel (CANADA to Texas and vice-versa..)

  • Sherron Bridges

    I have the world’s largest house pet bison WILDTHING .
    Info on this page is old and needs to be updated. WILDTHING
    is 2400 pounds and has been on many television shows around the world.
    Please contact us for the update on WILDTHING.
    Were working on a reality show. Find us on Facebook- WILDTHING BRIDGES
    903-356-4166 oh we also have now two bison that roam in our home
    and a wolf too.
    thank you sherron bridges

  • my name is Sherron Bridges [Pale Feather],my husband RC. [Buffalo Whisperer-Dances with Buffalo-Buffalo Tamer].
    We have a AWSOME storie to share with you.
    We are in the RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT! PREPARED TO BE SHOCKED 2008 BOOK.,[pages 46-47called DANCES WITH BUFFALO].
    We have 19 contracts with ANIMAL PLANET.We have 1 contracts with COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS. We have 5 contracts with AMERICAS OME FUNNIEST VIDEOS. We also have 3 contracts with RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT!.
    We have a 6yr. bison buffalo that is 2300pounds & he comes in to our home,we give him birthday parties.
    Our buffalos name is WILDTHING and he will make your heart sing.
    He is known for being the only buffalo to pull a plow,being the only buffalo to be a bestman not just once but 2 times.,when he was 600pounds! he danced with RC.,now that hes 2300pounds RC. has time to dance with me.
    My som WILL Bridges is known for being the WORLDS BUFFALO SKIER.,my daughter TAYLOR BRIDGES is known for being LITTLE GIRL GOES FOR A BUFFALO SNOWSLED RIDE.
    RC. & my self Sherron are the only 2 people who has ever rode a CHAIROT BEHiND A BUFFALO.
    We are in news papers all over the world,the CHANNEL 8 NEWS WHY GUY, Animal Planet of the UK.
    We are in the CUTTING HORSE CHATTER.,wich RC. is also a 2 TIME WORLD CHAMPOIN IN CUTTING. RC. is also known for being a wonderful HORSESHOE INSTRUCTOR. RC. has been a HORSE JOKEY,he rode BUKEN HORSES,A RODEO CLOWN,he HALTER trained FULL GROWN BULLS.
    We where invited to SAN ANTIONO for the GRAND OPEN TO THE WORLDS LARGEST RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT! with WILDTHING at the front doors on MAY 1,2008.
    WE are in the CHAT MAG. in the UK. you can also find us on YOUTUBE [THE BUFFALO WHISPERER]- WORLDWIDEFEATURES.COM – LAKETAWAKONI.COM – http://www.summerof76.com

    We also go to CANTON TEXAS ON 1ST. MONDAY IN APRIL EVERY YEAR TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR PET ADOPTION AT THE BUFFALOGIRLS HOTEL ON THE MOUNTAIN WITH WILDTHING IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL.
    I hand make INDIAN inspired HEADDRESS-BOOTS-JEWLREY with WILDTHINGS HAIR- i have made blanets and clothes also.
    I am part CHICKASAW-CHOCKATAW- and BLACKFOOT-white.i am not a card carrier,but i would love to have help to prove who i am. Everyone knows me as the buffalo woman in our town and also known in other places. It is common to find me in WAL-MART with my indain atire on,even a long headdress. People stop me to take my photo they buy my jewlrey off me everywhere i go.
    we have videos and photos to share with you, please come meet our AWSOME baby WILDTHING.

    NOTE.. buffalo kill 9 out of 10 of their trainers,they are one of the most dangours land animals alive. the record i last herd for a full grown buffalo is 2500pounds,and wildthing is only 6 and hes 2300 pounds,they are not totaly grown untill they are 12yrs. and he is a mega large buffalo.
    ilove myfamily they all are my number one people in my life..

    we are also in the NATIONAL ENQUIRER, ABC NEWS 20/20,animal planets [RAGGING BULLS], animal planets [bad dog],RTL GERMAN NET WORK,[fb. sherron bridges. twitter youtube- RIPLEYSDANCESWITHBUFFALO and youtube- BUFFALOWHISPER
    now WILDTHING WILL BE FEATURED IN A MOVIE CALLED [SUMMER OF 76''.]

    FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL 903-356-4166
    1843PR.2290 QUINLAN,TEXAS 75474

  • Ted Strand

    Where can I find the videos of Bailey Sr that I had seen on the web? I would like to show them to our grand children if you could tell me where they are archived. I’ve been search the web without success so far.

    Thank you, Sincerely, Papa Ted…:)))