Man ‘confesses to releasing herd of buffalo’

Buffalo Farm owner Steve Mitchell
Buffalo Farm owner Steve Mitchell

A man has come forward to confess to letting out a herd of buffalo and several horses in a late-night incident near Kirkcaldy, according to the farms affected.

A total of 18 gates at Buffalo Farm were opened, with five horses at Shawsmill Stables also released in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Now Buffalo Farm say that a man has admitted being the culprit and is extremely remorseful.

Posting on social media, a statement from the farm said: “Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help over the last 24 hours. As a direct result of your support, a man has come forward and confessed to the actions both here and at the Shawsmill Stables.

“He has been in to see me to apologise in person as well as to the owners of the Stables and has shown genuine remorse.

“I don’t feel it is appropriate to name and shame the person - they have to live with the damage they have caused and they are very aware their actions have caused a lot of pain and distress.

“The matter is now in the hands of the police but I would like to thank you all for your support - it is very much appreciated.

“We have had an update on the injured horse and whilst the injuries are quite bad, the vet has said it should make a full recovery.

“The heifer who calved in the middle of this ordeal is now doing great! Unfortunately Eddie our fantastic stockman has not come out of it so well! When we were trying to feed the calf the cow stood on his foot and he has broken a bone on the bridge of his foot.”

Shawsmills Stables said: “The person who commited this act has personally been to see us today to confess what he has done. He has also been to the buffalo farm to confess.

“Although we are heartbroken (and understandably angry), we do feel genuine remorse from the person who has done this.

“We can not forgive but hopefully in time we can forget and put all of this behind us.

“We do not wish to publicly name and shame this person as we could not live with ourselves if any harm came to him. Right or wrong - we have to live with ourselves at the end of the day. Another person’s wrongs should not hinder your own ethics and morals.

“Charges are still being pursued via the police so the person will have to face what he has done via correct and legal means.

“Dior (the injured horse) has been viewed by the vet again today. If all goes well - she should make a full recovery even though her injuries are still quite severe.”

Police say they are following a positive line of enquiry into the incident.