A 1,600 pound buffalo named Bailey Jr. takes rides in a customized Pontiac sedan driven by Jim Lautner. Lautner and his wife Linda take care of Bailey Jr. and take him out on the town, sometimes even to a bar for a beer. “They garner a lot of attention, needless to say and if you are on the buffalo side, you can’t see Jim driving. It’s quite hilarious,” said Linda Lautner. (Source: Toronto Sun)
Animal Planet has filmed the bison and Jim driving around and playing together for a documentary which will be shown sometime in the spring. Bailey Jr. is tame and said to be well-behaved. He is named after Bailey Sr., another bison kept by Mr. Lautner who died in a farm accident. Mr. Lautner was very upset about the loss, due to his close relationship with the animal. Bailey Sr. was also something of a movie star, having appeared in a number of Hollywood films earning up to $1000 per day. He also met the Queen of England, let Lautner ride him and was taught how to line dance. (He even has a Facebook page. )
Bailey with Lautner
The senior Bailey was said to have been better at following commands and doing tricks than some dogs. Lautner started training him at the age of nine months, but with Bailey Jr. he started at Day 1, and apparently Junior already knows more tricks. Of course, working with such a large animal isn’t for everyone, and even Lautner has had some close calls. Eventually they plan to take him to parades and stampedes to perform, perhaps even in Asia.
(Image Credits: Jim Lautner)