This is the adorable moment children sat on a buffalo which slowly rose up from the water in Laos.
The boys mounted the beast while it was being bathed in the Mae Khong river in Luang Prabang, Laos.
The white water buffalo named Thong Kham had come from a local farm.
The children posed with excitement when it rose from the depths.
The owner, Suthep, said: “My buffalo, Thong Kham, loves taking a bath in the river, especially with local kids.”
Thong Kham was rescued from a local abattoir ten years ago and now has 21 brothers and sisters that were also saved from slaughterhouses before they ended up on the dinner plate.
Suthep added: ”One life of an animal can bring so much joy.”
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A farmer survived a risky encounter with a wild water buffalo in south India thanks to his courageous pet dog.
Venkatesh, a coffee planter in Jaavali village near Mudigere taluk in Chikmaglur district, Karnataka was going to his estate on the night of November 15.
His pet dog, Atom, was riding with him in his jeep when they came across an adult water buffalo in the forest.
The animal refused to move and stood blocking the narrow road. Before Venkatesh could react Atom leapt off the open jeep and took on the bison.
The puny pet tried to snap at the heels of the huge bison and kept barking, ignoring the command of its master to return to the jeep.
Perhaps unnerved by the courageous dog and the headlights of the jeep, the bison gave in and moved away.
The Indian bison is the tallest of wild cattle species and can weigh up to 1000 kg.
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A clumsy buffalo was rescued after wandering away from his herd and plunging into an abandoned well.
Nongnuch Budhsrakaew, 48, left her cattle grazing in a field in Uthai Thani, northeastern Thailand on Wednesday (November 6) morning.
She returned at noon and found the male, named Puth, stuck at the bottom of a 16ft-deep well which was only four feet wide.
Rescued workers arrived and tied a rope around the heavy animal before filling the well with water, so that it could float safely back to the surface.
The owner thanked the team for rescuing her farm animal and said she would fill the well with soil to prevent any more buffalo from falling in.
She said: “I usually bring my four cattle here, so they can feed on the grass in the morning then I come back for them at noon. I saw Puth wandering to the mound which there was a well.
“I did not see him when I came back but I heard his mooing sound from the mound, I realised that he accidentally fell down to the well because it was covered by weeds.
“I am so grateful for the rescuer team for helping as it could have been a tragedy if my buffalo died there in the deep abandoned well. I will filled up the well so no cattle will fall again.”
A herd of Indian rural Buffaloes mainly bred for meat and milk.
The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovine animal, frequently used as livestock in the Indian Subcontinent, and also widely in South America, southern Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, and elsewhere.
In 2000, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated there were approximately 158 million water buffalo in the world, with 97% of them (approximately 153 million animals) in Asia. There are established feral populations in northern Australia, but the dwindling true wild populations are thought to survive in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Thailand. All the domestic varieties and breeds descend from one common ancestor, the wild water buffalo, which is now an endangered species. The domestic water buffalo, although derived from the wild water buffalo, is the product of thousands of years of selective breeding in either the Indian Subcontinent or Southeast Asia.
Buffalo are used as draft, meat, and dairy animals. Their dung is used as a fertilizer, and as a fuel when dried. In the Chonburi of Thailand, Pakistan, and the southwestern region of Karnataka, India, there are annual water buffalo races known as kambala. A few have also found use as pack animals, carrying loads even for special forces.
The water buffalo genus includes water buffalo, tamaraw and anoas, all of which are Asian species. The ancestry of the African buffalo is unclear, but it is not believed to be closely related to the water buffalo.
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