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EAST LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP. Pa. -

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the disappearance of a valuable bull from a farm in East Lackawannock Township.

The bull went missing from a pasture on the farm of Joe and Mara Gaburri. But it's not your average bull, it 's Watusi, native to Africa, but gaining popularity in the U.S. It was on loan for an assignment. "Yes, it was here to breed with the Buffalo," Mara said.

Joe raises Bison and needed the services of a bull, so he turned to Minor's Acres, which raises both Watusi and Texas Longhorns.

"We'd loan him that bull till it he bred his Buffalo then we'd get a cross between a Buffalo and a Watusi," said Bobby Minor.

The Watusi had been at the farm for about a week and half getting to know the lady Bison's when he disappeared.

" It used to like to come up into the barn, and all of sudden it wasn't coming up into the barn and we started to look for it but couldn't find it," Mara said.

They found no breaks in the fence line and say the bull was not capable of jumping the fence, so the case is listed as a theft. Police were checking on a report that a Watusi was dropped for slaughter at a packing plant in New Wilmington.

"The odds of our bull missing and somebody slaughtering one kind of put two and two together but I haven't heard for sure it he was the bull or not," Minor said.

Based on a value of t he animal it would qualify as grand theft.

"I'd be worth at least $2,000 right now, then with the market price for cattle it's probably worth a little more," Minor said.

Minor believes that the meat and possibly the impressive horns on the Watusi would be the only motive for stealing the bull. State police say the investigation is continues.

Anyone with information about the animal is asked to call Kevin Minor at 814-786-7852.

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