January 9, 2016

Something Wonderful: Freeing Bandit the Bull

Bandit the bull had spent his entire life in a narrow stable without the opportunity to stretch his legs or to enjoy the sunshine. But all that was history when Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary rescued Bandit and gave him a new life.

Take this two-minute break. You'll be the better for it.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 9, 2016 8:24 PM
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That's great!
Though I'd rather seen him set loose for good out in an open pasture.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 10, 2016 4:47 AM

Thanks, I needed that.

Posted by: tired dog at January 10, 2016 6:21 AM

Wonderful! Now all that remains is the choice ...
"Blue,rare, medium, medium-to-well, well-done or cremated. But ALWAYS with onions, of course!"

Posted by: Frank P at January 10, 2016 7:33 AM

That certainly makes a soul feel good to watch! Frank P's thoughts also crossed my mind though.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at January 10, 2016 7:51 AM

If, after watching this, you don't want to cry tears of Joy by the end . . . you have no heart at all.

Posted by: Dr. Jay at January 10, 2016 9:13 AM


I'd put 20 fine little heifers out there in the pasture with Bandit.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 10, 2016 9:48 AM

Dr Jay.

Walt Disney has a lot to answer for. Are you a medical doctor, or a PhD? Anthropomorism, at the extreme end of the spectrum, is a sickness.
But I agree that animal cruelty, particularly factory farming is an evil. However if you've ever faced a rampant, fully grown, snorting bull, in a free range field, as I once did as a child, the fact that it was once a cuddly calf, does not enter your mind. For that very reason, I also enjoy veal escalope Milanese. If you want tears, watch your erstwhile Speaker; he can do it at the drop of a hat. Apparently he gave lessons to your President, too. [Somebody must've taught the Chicagoan shyster to turn on the waterworks on cue?]

Posted by: Frank P at January 10, 2016 11:51 AM

Sorry - anthropomorphism - typo alert. Not only do I not have a heart, my eyes are failing, too.

Posted by: Frank P at January 10, 2016 11:56 AM

Yea, I realize he is a farm animal, a meat animal, but there sure is something endearing about his clumsy, physical joy. Plus I am loving the man in the video, whoa!

Posted by: Jaynie at January 10, 2016 12:39 PM

Thanks Gerard for posting this.....I am better for watching it.

Posted by: vichris at January 10, 2016 2:07 PM

Frank P,
My PhD is in theology, minor in ancient history, both from Oxford, UK. I was raised on a small farm, distant from many big city woes, being instilled from an early age, with a love and respect for all of God's many creatures . . . including mankind. I was responsible, along with our hired hand, for the feeding, watering, and whatever of some one hundred or so cattle which included more than a few "free range" bulls, as you apparently consider them. Some I could pet. Some I could not. It depended on the bull. Now, what any of this has to do with me as a grown man becoming misty-eyed watching Bandit's free-wheeling dance after his release, only you know. But, I will add in closing, how glad I am that you, before anyone else beat you to the punch, introduced politics into what could have been just one more blithe experience of seeing one of God's creatures experience freedom for the first time in his life. For that I say, Thank You! Thank you! Thank you! “. . . vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas.”

Res Ipsa Loquitur, amen,
Dr. Jay

Posted by: Dr. Jay at January 10, 2016 3:31 PM

My wife's late mother grew up on a farm in rural Utah. She used to talk about that, and how her favorites were the cows -- she loved them, they loved her, and they had distinct personalities.

I showed this video to my wife, and she said her mom would have loved it.

Posted by: bfwebster at January 10, 2016 3:41 PM

Thanks, Gerard. This was very special.

Animals, particularly domesticated animals, depend on humans for care and mercy. If we keep them as food, we must end their lives in a way that honors God. If we keep them as pets, we must always remember they survive and thrive through our loving kindness, care and mercy. I recognize the expression on the bull's face. My scrawny, nearly-starved abandoned kitty had that same expression of gratitude and relief when he decided to trust me enough to hold him in my arms, like he'd "come home". After decades of having pet cats and dogs and other critters, it's the first time I'd ever seen an unmistakable expression of gratitude on an animal's face. It is a moving experience.

Posted by: AbigailAdams at January 10, 2016 3:50 PM

Life in its innocence
is most easily recognized as God's omnipresence.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at January 10, 2016 5:57 PM

"The righteous man regards the life of his beast."

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at January 10, 2016 8:09 PM

Just another reason I love this site so much, thanks G.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at January 11, 2016 9:43 AM

I have seen this video a lot lately.
The video is neat, the implication is totally false. That is not to say that we shouldn't treat our animals decently, it is to say the writers of the information are purposely misleading. Any bovine will act this way when presented with a fresh pile of straw or hay, or let out on new pasture. This bull is young and toned and a pet or it would not allow the human to be close, pet and scratch its head and pat him up the ramp into the trailer. Too many people today are so removed the farm that they have no clue unfortunately.

Posted by: Bucky at January 11, 2016 9:56 AM

Bucky, do you enjoy being a turd in the punchbowl?

Posted by: Smokey at January 11, 2016 11:05 AM

I come from a farm family and I can't understand keeping a bull chained to the wall and never letting him out of his stall. If nothing else wouldn't that lead to rickets?

Posted by: daisy at January 11, 2016 11:30 AM

I guess if I am one Smokey, so be it.
I like honesty in community organizing.
The piece says that the bull was tied up for his life, however it would never be this well toned and healthy ie no nose or eye dishcarge if it were. It is a pet or has been treated as a pet or it would not allow an unknown person to handle it so easily. Someone in this organization is looking for free donations. Follow the money.

Posted by: Bucky at January 11, 2016 1:31 PM

Bucky's a genius.
He is skoolin' our asses, we should thank him.
Now everybody, "THANK YOU BUCKY!"

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 11, 2016 2:09 PM

I tend to agree with Bucky - there is no way that animal has been mistreated, it's condition is much too good. A bull with a sweet personality and a fun video nonetheless.

Posted by: Tim at January 12, 2016 12:22 AM

Nice to see I haven't missed much.
A simple feel-good vid, not puttin' much into it, and a lot of the commenters getting their own slice by talking politics, race, economics, animal husbandry. All this over a bull.

I have refrained from talking about my uncle Louie "Letsgo" Lozko and his Bantam Chicken Empire.
No mention of how he and his birds worked underneath the stadium at Soldiers' Field, helping Wild Bill Donovan develop Chicken Talkers along with the Code Talking Indians.
Even the USO benefitted with Bantams singing like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, doing Busby Berkeley dance routines, ach, the list is long. Longer than that of any bull. Of any ten bulls.
As for the bantam chickens, those little sumbitches are the living descendants of Bambiraptors. I wouldn't be messing with 'em.
(Bambiraptor is a Late Cretaceous, 72-million-year-old, bird-like dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur.)

Hell, I don't think there were bulls that far back.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 12, 2016 3:14 AM

Heh, heh, heh.

Rev Jay.

Shame your time at Oxford didn't imbue you with a s.o.h. along with your one and a half degrees, but that's Oxford for you. As for the Latin appendage at the tail of your little sermon: anybody who feels it necessary to call himself 'Doctor' on a blog, even one as esteemed and cerebral as this one, should cast the mote from his/her in own eye before lecturing on the subject of vanity. But then again, as the clip was about bull ...

So - a hearty ,res ipsa loquitur' to you, too. Doc.


Posted by: Frank P at January 12, 2016 5:56 AM

What is with that guy?

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Now you tell me that she was not a knockout !

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