Remembering Bud

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Bud the elephant – a dear friend of Billy Busch and his family. Billy’s father, Gussie Busch, brought African elephants Bud and his companion, Mickey, to Grant’s Farm in 1986 when they were just two years old. Through years of training and performing together, Bud and Billy forged a meaningful friendship. The bond between the two was exceptionally strong, with Bud even making an appearance at Billy’s wedding. The friendship soon extended to Billy’s wife and children as well. Even in recent years, Bud always remembered Billy when he visited and would greet him at the gate every time. After closing on Grant’s Farm in December, Billy shared a long embrace with Bud, telling him goodbye and wishing him well. The moment marked the end of an era, much like Bud’s passing. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Busch family and we hope his spirit will live on through everyone who loved him.