Buckingham Farmers: Missing Yak is No Laughing Matter
BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A simple trip to the butcher last week made international headlines for a central Virginia family.
Robert and Mackenzie Cissell lived a relatively quiet life on their Buckingham County farm. They have been searching for their yak, Meteor, for more than a week and say while their story might be funny for some, its a big loss for their family.
"I would never have imagined it would blow up the way it did," Robert said.
Robert was in Nelson County last week on his way with Meteor to a butcher. He said that before merging onto Route 29, he looked in the mirror and saw a yak walking past the back of his trailer.
"We work hard every day to accomplish what we're trying to do and losing a single animal is a setback," Robert said.
So far, Meteor has escaped capture twice with animal control officers attempting to tranquilize him. Robert says they're not going to give up looking for Meteor.
"We spent several hours on Monday following up sightings," Robert said. "We got close to him a couple of times. We were working with local vets who were going to help tranquilize him and bring him in humanely and safely."
In a lengthy Facebook post, Robert describes the struggles his family faces along with the common misconceptions that come with being a farmer.
"People don't take the time to learn, they see an animal going to the butcher and they say 'oh my gosh it's the most horrible thing you guys are the most horrible people' but we're not. We do our best to be ethical and humane," Robert said.
Robert also says he no longer plans to sell Meteor to the butcher, but does want to get him home safely. Anyone who might see the yak is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.