A Stranger in My Garden!

Early Spring Garden

Our garden just after planting.
Our garden just after planting. | Source

True Story

This is a true story that goes back to about four years ago. I think about it every spring when we are planting our garden and I remember the night we found a stranger in our garden.

Every spring, my husband and I plant a vegetable garden behind our house. That year was no different except that it was planted a little later than usual because of the rain we had been having and we were waiting for it to dry out.

We had tilled the garden soil until it was like a fine powder. My husband, Johnny, “Mr. Perfectionist”, had measured the rows and marked them using a plum line and stakes. I had walked down the lines and dropped the seeds by hand into the furrows he had made and gone back are carefully covered them up. Then we gently watered the rows and dared the crows to get into the garden and try to find and eat the seeds! The garden was finally planted and I couldn’t wait to see the little plants peeking up from the soil.

Strange Sounds in the Garden

That night, I was tired and went to bed a little bit before Johnny. I had left him up watching Jay Leno. I had been asleep for about an hour when Johnny came into the bedroom and woke me up saying, “Get up! Get up! You have to come see this!” As I am crawling out of bed he tells me that he heard Jake, our black lab, barking at something and went outside to see what it was. As he went to the edge of the porch he could hear the strangest sound. He couldn’t tell what it was, but there was definitely something in the garden.

Jake was acting like he was scared, which is very unusual, as he will chase anything from skunks to deer, but he wasn’t going after what ever was out there. Johnny couldn’t see anything due to the darkness, so he came back in the house and got a large flashlight. Then he and Jake went back outside and around to the back of the house, Jake wouldn’t leave his side. As he shined the flashlight around all he could see were two huge eyes glowing back at him. He said the eyes were larger than anything he had seen before and were at least five feet high. What ever it was, it was making a deep loud grunting sound. This was no deer! He said his first thought was a big bear, but we don’t have bears in Southern Oklahoma.

I Can't Believe What I See!

One more loud grunting sound and he and Jake were headed back to the house! He said he wasn’t sure who made it back up on the porch first, he or Jake. He hadn’t moved that fast in 20 years! At that point he wasn’t going back outside. He went to the window in our bedroom that faces the back of the house and shined the light out to the garden and what he saw, made him wake me up from a good sleep. So now I’m up and staggering to the window, wondering what has got him so excited. As he shines the light out to the garden, I can’t believe my eyes! There is a buffalo in my garden!

Buffalo can be very dangerous animals!
Buffalo can be very dangerous animals! | Source

Where the Buffalo Roam?

Well, Oklahoma may be where the buffalo roamed, but that was many years ago and there are not any free roaming buffalo around here, I guess until now! This was no baby buffalo, it was a female that stood at least five feet high at the shoulders. We stood there in amazement at what we saw. What in the world is a buffalo doing in my garden! The reason he could not tell what it was at first is that a buffalo’s coat is so dense and thick that it does not reflect light. The only thing that reflected the light from the flashlight was her eyes.

Full grown male buffalo.

Buffalo are much larger than most people realize.
Buffalo are much larger than most people realize. | Source

A Dirt Bath, Really?

As we are standing at the window watching her tromp through our garden, she decides that she needs a dirt bath. Oh no! She drops down into the dirt and starts to roll all around. Dirt is flying in the air everywhere! I guess it would have been a funny site except that I am watching all our precisely planted seeds get spread out everywhere. After a little while she decides to get up and walks off into the woods.

We decided that we needed to call the Sheriff’s Department as we were worried that she would get out on the road and someone may not see her and hit her with their car. That would be like hitting a brick wall! A deputy came out and said that he would try to find out where the buffalo came from and have them come get her. We talked about how strange this was and finally decided we had to go back to bed.

Getting Her Back Home

The next morning when we got up, we looked out the window and there she was, back in our garden. I guess she like the soft dirt. We called the Sheriff’s Department back and the deputy told us that there was a man about three miles from us that did keep some buffalo and six of them had managed to get loose. They had rounded up all of them but this one female. The owner drives down to our place and tries to get her into a cattle truck, but she doesn’t want to cooperate. They tried for three days to get her into this truck. Have you ever tried to get a buffalo to do something it doesn’t want to? Good luck with that! They finally had to tranquilize her enough to force her into the truck and then took her back home.

When my garden came up that year I had green beans in the black-eyed peas and mustard plants in with the onions! Oh well, it was worth it just to be able to watch Ms. Buffalo wander around my place in the country for three days. She was really very interesting and I might could get attached if she wasn’t so big!

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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Patricia! It was quiet a surprising sight to wake up to! We left the garden alone and just hoped for the best. We had black-eyed peas coming up all over the place! It was really a joy to watch her for the few days she was around. thank you for stopping by and the angels are always appreciated.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

O my...what a sight to wake up to. And of course the garden had to be replanted, right??

Buffalo are amazing and LARGE. We traveled through areas in South Dakota when we lived there where they roamed free and would come right up to the car.

At Payne's Prairie just up the road a piece there are free roaming Buffalo as well....you can walk out into the area as far as you dare to take photos.

I would never expect to find one in my garden though as those are within a state park.

Quite a tale to tell for all time, Sheila.

voted up +++ and shared Angels are winging their way to you and yours once again this morning ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! I apologize for my late reply to your kind comment. Yes, she really seemed very calm and happy, but we didn't get too close. Thank you for your comment and pin! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Wild buffalo can be opinionated. Good thing everybody got back to the porch OK. Came back to read this interesting story again. Pinned to my 'Fun & Interesting' board.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Carrie! I was really cool to see Ms. Buffalo out in my garden. Yep, I must have the most comfortable garden in Okla! It was really interesting to watch her for a few days. Thank you for your wonderful comment! Have a great day! :)


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carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

What a cool true story! I would have loved to have seen that wonderful sight. Sorry about the garden, but I guess it was nature's way of saying you have the best comfortable garden in Okie!!! :) Thanks again for you sharing this story with everyone, I'm sure the buffalo is happy to be famous. :)


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carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

what a cool true story!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my story. Johnny is a brave guy, but I think he beat the dog back to the porch! LOL Thank you for stopping by, and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Very interesting to read about your experience. You have a brave husband, I wouldn't have gone outside alone in the dark no matter what. Won't say what I might have done if I had gone out and confronted those eyes like Johnny did. :o


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi billips. It really was a treat. A bit of a scare at first, for my husband anyway. We both enjoyed watching her for the few days that she was here. Thank you for stopping by and reading! Have a wonderful day! :)


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

This is a very enjoyable hub - what a wonderful experience that must have been to see a buffalo, up close and natural - I too would have readily forgiven any damage she did, in return for her paying me a visit - B.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! I was definitely an unexpected site! We are buffaloing it today! LOL There was basically no rows in about half my garden that year. Vegetables were coming up everywhere, but it was worth it to watch her for a few days. Thanks for commenting and voting! You know I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Dolores! Yes, she was quite a site to see, just a little bit bigger than the squirrels. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Oh I loved this! I will never complain about squirrels again!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! That WOULD have been an amazing site to see in one's very own garden. We seem to be covering buffalo between our hubs of late. Ha! That must have been a very interesting harvest that year with everything all mixed up. Voted up, interesting and funny!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! I am glad you enjoyed it. Have a great day! :)


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Nomascus concolor 4 years ago from A Country called Earth

Crazy story! Too bad you could not have her as a pet in the living room ;) funny hub, voted up!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi timetraveler. I am glad I inspired you, I can't wait to see your story! Thank you for visiting and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Stephanie. Yeah, I don't think I would have gone out there and confronted her either. We decided that she could just roll around anywhere she wanted to! LOL Thank you for visiting, commenting and voting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Flickr! :) Yes, it is a shame that buffalo don't roam wild anymore, but there are some reserves where they actally have hundred of acres to roam. I would love to see some moose! I plan to doing some traveling this summer, it would be nice to get up your way. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Brett! :) Yes, my husband wasn't sure just what he was seeing out there in the dark...just those two large eyes glowing back at him. It was definitely an experience. We were afraid that she would get out on the road at night and cause an accident, that is why we called the Sheriffs Dept. at the time. I didn't realize there were buffalo where you are...interesting. Thank you for visiting, commenting and sharing my hub, you know it is ALWAYS appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

You have inspired me to write a hub about my own encounter with a buffalo. Loved this one, though. Thanks for writing it!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This was a great read, funny and well told! I can just imagine the frustration of seeing that buffalo drop and roll in your new garden. I've had to chase rogue cows out of my garden a few times, but I don't think I'd confront a buffalo - they're just too darned big! Voted up and awesome!


Flickr 4 years ago

Very touching story sgbrown, it's too bad that there are not any wild herds of bison around. I can understand the dangers there of but just imagine it being a moose. Great article.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

"Have you ever tried to get a buffalo to do something it doesn’t want to? Good luck with that!" Ha ha ha. I guess that would be pretty freaky in the dark. Over here you have to be careful when driving/riding, as in the country areas you can come around the corner to cows or buffalo roaming around the roads lol.

Thanks for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello again Sally! :) Thank you again, for your kind comments. We did think about her every time we picked the garden. Finding green bean plants mixed in with the black-eyed peas, etc. It was definitely an experience. Thank you for reading this hub also and your votes! Have a great day! :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a great read! Your writing is so vivid I can see her taking her dust bath, having a whale of a good time! And then she left her indelible mark on the rest of the season by scattering the carefully planted seeds here and there. Up and awesome!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Outbound Dan! It's good to hear from you. It was a little strange to find that buffalo roaming around in my garden. It was fun to watch her for a few days. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub, it is always appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it, have a great day! :)


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Outbound Dan 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

A fantastic read of the things that go bump in the night. I live in Buffalo (NY) but I don't think there has ever been a wild buffalo around here. However, we do have large plastic ones used as art projects that "wander" strategically around the city. It wouldn't be nearly as eventful to find one of those in your garden.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello thumbi! It is always good to hear from you! It was quite a surprise to find a buffalo in our garden. I'm glad you liked my story. Thank you for commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Roaming buffaloes and cows are not an unusual sight in India.

But I liked your story and could feel your excitement on watching the animal :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Alastar Packer. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Yes, where the buffalo roam, a long time ago! It was quite a surprise and we really enjoyed watching her for those few days. Thank you for visiting my hub and commenting, it is always greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

How I enjoyed this surprise in the dark! So you had a woodland visitor of another color sg, how about that. Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam...:)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello molometer. Living in Oklahoma, I have learned much about the native Indian culture and the buffalo. Thank you for your kind words and vote! Have a wonderful day! :)


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molometer 4 years ago

What a beautiful story. You are so lucky to have such an encounter with this magnificent animal.

Did you know in Native Indian culture the Buffalo is very important. It means prosperity amongst other things.

Great hub voted up and beautiful


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi RTalloni! It was quite a surprise to us as well, the dog too! LOL You just never know what you are going to find out in the country. Thank you for visiting my hub and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Now that's a story! Country life has given us some surprises, but not ever such a stranger as a buffalo. That would definitely put me back on the deck quick!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Sean! Me too, but I hope I don't find anymore of them in my garden! :) Thanks for reading my hub, I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest

Cool story. I'm glad they didn't go extinct!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello LaThing. I would be less afraid of a buffalo than I would be a black bear! You keep the bears up there and I will keep the buffalo down here, deal? Thank you for visiting and commenting on my hub. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great story. Being in the northeast, we have had a black bear visit our backyard once, but I can't imagine a buffalo!! Lol


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Sometimes, they are the BEST! :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

You and me both. We are magnets for strange things also. My favorite thing to write about.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

LOL! Hi Becky Katz. Thank you for your kind comment. We seem to attract weird situations. My friends always tell me I need to write a book! Maybe I will write another story soon. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day! :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

What a wonderful story, I am jealous.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! I am glad you enjoyed my story. It is probably a good thing that I didn't see it first, or I would still be running! Thank you for commenting on my story, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello sangre. It was quite a shock all right! Especially half asleep. Thank you for visiting my hub and your kind comment. Have a great day! :)


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sangre 4 years ago from Ireland

Great story, and since it's true it's even better. Talk about a night shock. Animals are the funniest creatures sometimes.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Funny! enjoyed reading your buffalo story. I have family on the on the Arkansas and Oklahoma line and I have seen buffalo in that area. It's hard to believe how big they are I would have ran too.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi PegCole. Yes, that was quite a strange site to see. One that we will be remembering for quite some time! Thank you for stopping by my hub and for your comment. Always good to hear from you! :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Very funny story. A stranger indeed!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Barbara Kay! Who would ever think they would have a buffalo in their garden! Not me...but it was a experience to remember. Thank you for visiting my hub and vote. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I complain about rabbits in my garden. Thank goodness I never had to deal with a buffalo. It is something you'll always remember though. Voted up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Esmeowl12! I'm glad you enjoyed my story. It was definitely a rare experience. Thank you for reading and commenting on my story, it is always greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day!


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Esmeowl12 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

I love this story. I can't imagine what I would do if it happened to me! Thanks for sharing and making my day.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello BrightMeadow. It was definitely interesting to watch her those three days, but I wouldn't want to have one around very often. The man that owned them said there was nothing more stubborn than a buffalo. Thank you for visiting my hub and your comments. I am glad you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi JKenny! It was certainly a big surprise! The largest thing we have around here is deer. I'm not sure why I thought about that this morning, but just decided to share it. Thank you for your comment and your vote. I always enjoy hearing from you. Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lori! Me too. You just never know what you are going to find out in the country. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story. It is always greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Guest jb. You bet he does! Him and the dog both! Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. It is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)


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BrightMeadow 4 years ago from a room of one's own

Used to work in a preserve that kept, among other things, these guys. Always thought they were kinda neat, although I'm not so sure I'd want to see one up close, let alone in my garden. I've got enough just combating the deer. Very funny story. Thanks for sharing.


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Wow, what a thing to see in your garden. Biggest animal I've ever seen in my garden is a Fox. Great hub. Voted up.


lori brown 4 years ago

I've always liked this story :-D


Guest jb 4 years ago

Hahaha! That's too funny! I bet Johnny double checks those noises in the dark before he walks outside now!

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