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Tourists kidnap baby bison because it looked cold

Won't look cold on a grill.

 

April Siese

Internet Culture

Published May 15, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 6:51 pm CDT

President Obama finally gave the American bison its due by declaring the delectable critter the national mammal.

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You’d think this would bring about bison burger and rye whiskey specials to honor such a delicious pick. Those feasts are surely lurking somewhere, right? 

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What has instead made headlines is the misguided humanitarian efforts of people just trying celebrate the bison in their own special way.

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A father-son duo traveled to Yellowstone National Park and told its rules to fuck right off when they approached a scraggly baby bison. Park visitors are supposed to stay a good 25 feet away from majestic beasts like bison. 

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The two tourists buckled the calf into the back of their car and inadvertently kidnapped it. Apparently, they thought it looked cold. They were legitimately concerned for the bison’s well-being, though he’d probably heat right up attached to a spit rotating over a campfire.

The pair received a ticket for their efforts and a stern talking to from park officials. The father and son may get their souvenir bison just yet. A woman in Texas is selling her half ton housebroken bison on Craigslist.

As of this writing, the ad has been removed. Tracking down a domesticated buffalo probably isn’t that difficult, though. Looks like somebody’s about to extend their vacation and go on a road trip.

H/T East Idaho News

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*First Published: May 15, 2016, 3:32 pm CDT