Bubba the roaming sheep has been sold in Durham


The nomadic animal was captured last month on Glover Road after months on the lam. Since then, Bubba has been staying at a temporary home on a farm.

Bubba's story started in August when a woman complained about the animal spending a lot of time in her backyard. He soon moved on, and began to roam around Durham County.

Several ABC11 viewers spotted Bubba -- first on Odyssey Street, then on a front porch at an abandoned house off of Cornwallis Road.

There has been endless debate in the community about whether Bubba is a goat or a sheep. Experts first reported that Bubba was a Barbados-Mouflon sheep, but a Mammal Curator at the North Carolina Zoo believes he may be an aoudad, or Barbary sheep.

Although at first there were fears that the sheep might be aggressive, residents quickly learned that Bubba, as they named him, was no bully.

Animal Control had been unsuccessful in wrangling the sheep and no sightings of him had been reported since late August.

In all, officials said Bubba caused about $5,000 in damage. Deputies don't know if he escaped from a farm or how exactly he ended up in Durham.

The high bidder for Bubba was Local Animal Advocates for Sanctuary. The group said it hopes that after a short stay in a foster home, he will be happy to settle down on a North Carolina farm.

Bubba is available for adoption through Red Dog Farm, a 501(c)(3) organization, in Greensboro. Any potential adopters will have to sign an agreement not to use Bubba for commercial purposes and not to sell or transfer Bubba for the remainder of his life.

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