BOULDER (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder has announced that the school’s live buffalo mascot Ralphie V will retire.
The Daily Camera reports that the announcement came Tuesday after the 13-year-old buffalo did not lead the football team onto Folsom Field in the last two games.
The university has not yet found a replacement.
University officials say Ralphie V is in great health and receives regular check-ups but was not showing the same consistency as in previous years citing safety concerns for her and her handlers.
Officials say Ralphie V came to the university in 2007 and has since led the team in 76 games.
Officials say she will live on her ranch alongside a companion buffalo.
She is the fifth buffalo in the Ralphie program, which launched in 1967.
Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/