Barbed Wire Buffalo

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 3:34pm

Parade float sculpture takes on a life of its own.

17-years-ago a Maywood, Nebraska woman wanted to get creative with her parade float for the annual Old Glory's Day parade.

Little did she know at the time that the piece of work would be a long standing attraction for the town.

His name is Rusty, he is a buffalo made of barbed wire.

Muriel Yonkers, the creator, says she started with a rebar stick figure, then the hog fencing and the final touch, barbed wire.

Yonkers used detail, horns, eyes and even unmentionable parts and after two month of meticulous work it was complete.

"I was exhausted but we were so excited that I had it done so we could have it in the parade," said Yonkers.

Since 1994, Rusty is a permanent decoration in Yonkers' front yard.

"It's something to be proud of ,” Yonkers says, "it's a prized possession."

People have offered to buy the buffalo for as much as $5,000 but the answer is always no.

To her, Rusty is part of the family.

Still, Rusty's home outside throws people off sometimes.

"People that would stop in the middle of the night thinking we had cattle out. We get calls in the middle of the night," giggled Yonkers.

Yonkers started with barbed wire making small windmills and decorations.

Since the buffalo, Yonkers hasn't tackled another big barbed wire project but she says she would like to make a bear eventually.
 

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