Dr. Brewster M. Higley captured the essence of America’s frontier spirit with a poem he penned in the 1870s. “Oh! Give me a home where the buffalo roam,” the verse read, which was later put to music and became an unofficial anthem of the West.
Well, one Fayetteville, Georgia woman feels differently. As TMZ reported on Sunday, an unnamed but irritated neighbor of rapper and record executive Rick Ross is quite perturbed that she keeps finding his fuzzy, enormous beasts on her lawn, poking around garbage bins, and near various motor vehicles. (The outlet includes some amusing pics.)
The aggrieved neighbor says she is worried about the safety of her small children, as the animals (which are likely technically bison, not buffalo, but that’s a whole thing) can weigh a ton. (That’s not a euphemism; they can weigh 2,000 pounds.)
TMZ says that when she tried to discuss this with Ross, she was intercepted by “a member of Rick’s team,” which ended in “a verbal dispute.” There is also evidence that the animals are “tearing up her yard.”
The neighbor was rebuffed by police (buffaloed, one might say!) and told that this is a civic dispute. She intends to lodge a complaint with the city officials in Fayetteville, Georgia (though not before discussing with TMZ, apparently.)
V.F. has reached out to Ross’s representatives for comment.
Ross’s mansion and property, which once belonged to boxer Evander Holyfield, also features an indoor basketball court, indoor swimming pool, and a bowling alley.
Behold: video of errant buffalo!
The 47-year-old “Hustlin’” artist, who recently paid a fine for labor violations at one of the many Wingstop franchises he owns in the South, was recently gifted two buffalo by his clothing line partner. He recorded several Instagram videos to celebrate their arrival. One of the prized creatures is named Timbuktu. “This is big for me,” he said, listing the other animals on his compound (horses, bulls, dogs.)
“I love you,” he said, looking into Timbuktu’s eyes. “This is something I spoke into existence!” he later claimed. “My whole life I wanted a heifer—I got a heifer!”
“That’s that quality feces,” he also said, remarking on their leavings. You should probably just watch these videos for yourself, they’re better than whatever you’re about to stream on Netflix right now.
It’s our sincere hope that Ross and his neighbor can find an amicable solution to this issue. Since we began by quoting a well-known phrase, we’ll close with another: “Good fences make good neighbors.”