BLACK BEARS sybils den
Welcome to Sybil's Den.  This site is meant for information purposes  on raising  pet exotics animals based on my experience.  There are care sheets for black bears, foxes, raccoons, emus, farm animals and domestic animals.   Also please find a very informative message board with a lot of great members.

For some of the species of animals I have or had information on, You will find their photo gallery.

Oscar  the  Pet  Steer
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This is Oscar, our pet cow.oscar the steer
He is a very friendly steer and loves to be around people.
He pretty much stays with the Llama and Donkeys and gets along very well with them.  Oscar is a Jersey  Steer. A steer is a  a castrated male.

Oscar and Sybil use to play together. Oscar would put his head down to Sybil and pushes her gently. Oscar is very easy going. Even when Sybil and Benny were babies, he never hurt them and was very gentle with them. To this day, Oscar still like Sybil and sees are often.

Oscar has toys he enjoys.  He has a barrel that he loves pushing around.
Sometimes, he gets his toys mixed up with my picnic tables.  He picks them up, but, will set them back down again.

Oscar has one horn because when the vet dehorned him, the other apparently did
not get removed.

In the summer time, Oscar, as most cows and farm animals attracts  flies. I use "Bag Balm" for his face and spray his body with fly spray.   Flies are worse in hot weather.  You can also use a spray bottle of vinegar, water and a little dish soap.
This helps deter flies.  But, would need sprayed more often.

If you never heard of bag Balm. This is an antiseptic salve that originally was used for the milking cows. This is generally applied on the udder to soften the udder.   "Bag Balm" actually has many other uses. It aids in fly attraction, good for sores. In fact, people use this for dry skin or cuts.
When any of my farm animals or dogs die, they are buried on the property. On all the burials, Oscar would attend the "funeral"  he stands over the grave as though he is "mourning". In fact, my sister brought her cat out here to be buried, and Oscar attended that funeral also. Oscar looks saddened every time we lose a farm animal or pet. 

I have had several different cows/steers in the past, but never like Oscar.  Oscar loves attention and loves to be petted and brushed.
This  is a real classic of Oscar:

I left the door open and Oscar managed to find his way inside our house.

He then went into the bathroom, then was looking in the mirror.
He was too big to turn around to get him out, so we had to back him out.
I have to say, he did not dirty in the house. gee, maybe he is house broken!!! 

 Sometimes, he will poke his head in the door, but, he is too big to fit through the door now.
You will see this picture in his photo gallery, so please remember to check out his photo gallery.
(There are three different sections of photo galleries)