Auction date set for roaming ram

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 04:41 PM

Bubba’s got a date with the block.
The auction block, that is.
On Friday, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced that the renegade ram – captured in December after attacking a woman’s car – goes up for bid on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
The public auction will be held at the ranch that Bubba has called home since his incarceration: Elodie Farms in Rougemont at 9522 Hampton Road.
County officials plan to put proceeds toward expenses incurred because of Bubba, totaling about $800 for board and veterinary care. But bids that high may be a long shot.
“That would be nice, just so the county doesn’t end up having to come out-of-pocket for Bubba’s expenses,” said Deputy Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We don’t expect he’ll sell for anywhere near that, however.”
The announcement stipulates that “Bubba must be removed from the farm immediately following the auction,” unless the buyer makes special arrangements with Dave Artigues, the farm’s owner.
Anyone may bid and there’s no minimum.
The official notice states in bright red letters that the ram may be purchased for “cash at the time of sale” because no one has come forward to claim ownership of Bubba.
It also warns, with a red “BUYER BEWARE,” that the animal is sold “as is, where is.”
It’s still not entirely clear what Bubba is. Some say he’s a Barbados/Mouflon sheep. Others suggest he’s a Toggenburg goat.
Sheriff’s officials aren’t sure.
“Nope,” Sherwin said. “We don’t know.”
Anyone who wants to view Bubba before the auction should contact Artigues at 919-479-4606.

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