updated 1/1/2008 4:53:13 PM ET 2008-01-01T21:53:13

Fire officials say a Cave Creek man who was trying to ride his pet buffalo was mauled by the animal after it bucked him off. The man, 75, was flown to a Scottsdale hospital after the incident at his home about 20 miles north of downtown Phoenix on Monday.

John Kraetz, a district chief for the Rural/Metro fire department, said the unidentified man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The man owned two of the animals. Kraetz said he's never been on a similar call.

"People do have buffalo on their property, but it's pretty darn uncommon," he said.

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