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Bubba remains on the lam in Durham County

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bubba the sheep continues to roam around Durham County.

One woman complained about the animal spending a lot of time in her backyard. It got to the point where she was scared to go outside.

Since then, several rumors have surfaced about the animal's future. Although at first there were fears that the ram might be aggressive, residents quickly learned that Bubba, as they named him, was no bully.

"He's skittish and seems to be longing for contact with his own kind," said Laurie Griffin. "So he does peer in windows and tries to see activity."

Animal control, which is overseen by the sheriff's department, came out and tried to corral the animal on Monday, but bubba ran away and hasn't been seen since.

"We're hoping we can locate him before anything happens to him," said Griffin.

These concerns have been further fueled by rumors that officers had to put Bubba down.

"I had seen on social media that some of the neighbors thought we planned to or already had shot and killed Bubba," said Durham County Sherriff's Office PIO Paul Sherwin, "and we're just trying to make it really clear that's not what we intend to do or have done."

Meanwhile, should Bubba be spotted any time soon, neighbors in this area say they've found a farmer who's willing to come take Bubba back to his farm. The trick is they have to find him first.

If you've seen Bubba, email: lauriebty@aol.com.

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