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Durham sheriff to auction 'Bubba' the ram

Posted January 30

Bubba the ram. Photo courtesy of the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

— Law enforcement agencies often sell off used equipment to put money back into public coffers, but the Durham County Sheriff’s Office is offering something a bit more unusual than an old patrol car.

The department on Friday will hold an auction to sell an impounded ram named Bubba.

Bubba was first spotted several months ago, wandering in the area of Odyssey and Silver Star drives. Deputies tried and failed to catch him, so they decided to let the ram roam as long as he wasn’t causing problems.

But Bubba took up residence near some homes on Glover Road and began damaging windows, doors and other reflective objects. Apparently, the ram was head-butting his own reflection. Deputies said he caused about $5,000 damage to one vehicle and home.

The ram’s odyssey came to an end Dec. 10, when deputies finally lured him into a custom-built pen that they stocked with fresh apples, oats and other delectables.

Bubba was taken to Elodie Farms in Rougemont, where he’s been ever since.

“Neither snow nor rain nor freezing cold temperatures shall prevent the auction of Bubba tomorrow,” said Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

There’s no minimum, and the bidding will open at zero, Sherwin said. Money from the sale will reimburse the owner of Elodie Farms and the county for the cost of Bubba’s boarding and veterinary bills, including care for an ingrown horn.

Those costs total $800, Sherwin said.

“If Bubba sells for more than $800, the remaining funds will go to Durham Public Schools, as required by law,” he said.

The auction starts at 10 a.m. at Elodie Farms, 9522 Hampton Road, Rougemont.


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  • ziva Jan 31, 12:45 p.m.

    Thank you to the vegan's that bought Bubba and will give him a good home!

  • froggygirl Jan 31, 12:45 p.m.

    Rams are not eaten--too tough and gamey. They are kept on farms for breeding. He might have been happier on the farm.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 31, 11:55 a.m.

    Glad to hear he went to GOOD vegan.

  • babbs1028 Jan 31, 11:19 a.m.

    Bubba was bought by vegan animal lovers who will make sure he has a good life and isn't eaten.... View More

    — Posted by rachaelsabrina

    Thank you for the update. I sure didn't want to hear he was headed to the grill. Good to know there still are good, animal loving people!!! Thank you to who ever bought him!

  • cpacandidate Jan 31, 10:54 a.m.

    It sounds like he is best left where he is on the farm.

  • rachaelsabrina Jan 31, 10:17 a.m.

    Bubba was bought by vegan animal lovers who will make sure he has a good life and isn't eaten. Yay!

  • foolmeonce Jan 31, 8:36 a.m.

    I hope Bubba finds a good home. I would love to have him if I had a place to keep him. Hopefully, the sheriff dept. won't sell him to anyone who would eat him.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 30, 6:16 p.m.

    female goat is also called a deam

    remove the "e"

    — Posted by wildween

    a goat who is a mother is called that ;)

  • Super Hans Jan 30, 5:04 p.m.

    I thought this might be the UNC ram...the way they are playing this season, I would run off too!

    — Posted by happy2.0

    If they were smart, they would auction him off as such. Some NCSU crazy would probably cough up $10k for him. Trust me, I know these people.

  • Super Hans Jan 30, 5:01 p.m.

    Poor guy. I pray he doesn't end up with an abusive or neglectful owner.

    — Posted by Obamacare prevails again

    I do too. I think this is sort of sad. Too bad Bubba could not have lived out his life on a... View More

    — Posted by Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson

    He's been on a ramming spree. Clearly a menace to society.