Bison are perhaps the strongest animal native to America and have roamed our plains freely for thousands of years. But one particular bison in Kansas didn’t roam far.
In 1997, the Harris family was saddened when their beloved pet bison, Horace, went missing. “I left the gate open and turned my back for a second.” Jackson Harris, the youngest of the three children, is now an adult and still gets teary eyed thinking of that fateful day. “I thought I lost Horace forever.”
The true fate of their missing pet remained a mystery for over twenty years.
Jackson returned to the family home to help his dad repair the flooring. Over the years, the hardwood flooring had been scuffed, and some spots had deep gouges in it, as though something heavy stomped on it. As Jackson retrieved a board for his father, he caught a flash of movement. At first, he thought nothing of it, then it happened again. But he saw nothing when he investigated.
Later, when Jackson walked into the kitchen, he heard noises from the living room. He thought that was strange since he just left the living room and his father was currently outside. Unsure of what was going on, he crept up to the entryway separating the two rooms and peeked around it. That’s when he saw the tail of something disappearing into the master bedroom.
“That’s when I realized my bison had managed to survive for two decades and had been playing a game of hide-and-seek all this time.”
The family couldn’t be happier to be reunited with their pet bison but has decided to allow him to live outside to prevent further floor damage.