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Beware: Water Buffalo: Beware: Water Buffalo

Locals in Hampshire, UK have been told not to approach six missing water buffalo as - 'They are able to spray dung across large distances'. 

The buffalo were last seen in a field in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington earlier this week and police believe that the animals were stolen because there was no trail of tell-tale dung at the scene.  According to BBC online a police spokesman said, 'They should not be approached from behind, as the animals are able to spray dung across large distances.'

The majority of water buffalo are to be found in Asia but have been increasingly used in the UK to produce speciality milk, cheese and yoghurts.

Beware: More Buffalo

After eight days of backpacking with my wife, we were looking pretty scruffy. One morning she came to breakfast in a baseball cap, her shoulder length hair sticking out at odd angles.

'Darling,' she said, 'does my hair make me look like a water buffalo?'

I thought for a moment, then said, 'If I tell you the truth, do you promise not to charge?'

Know your BuffaloBuffalo - Interesting facts

What does the father buffalo say to his son before he leaves?

What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?
You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.....

Be a Smart Buffalo

A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo, much like the brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.

The slowest buffalo are the sick and weak so they die off first, making it possible for the herd to move at a faster pace. Like the buffalo, the weak, slow brain cells are the ones that are killed off by excessive beer drinking and socializing, making the brain operate faster.

The moral of the story: Drink more beer, it will make you smarter.

Interesting Facts About Buffalo and Bison

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Buffalo and Bison confusion

Let us start with the USA; the Latin name for this magnificent American icon is Bison bison.  In North America the word bison, or buffalo refer to the same animal. 

In Europe there is a separate, but closely related species called Bison bonasus.  Unfortunately this species called the winet, is endangered and confined to zoos. 

Let us now turn to Africa, here we have a buffalo, but it's not only a different species, but also a separate genus, Syncerus caffer.  In the south there is a sub species called the Cape Buffalo. 

One feature of the African buffalo is the up-turned horns which make them extremely dangerous to humans.  Can you run at 50 km /hr, 30 mph?  Well these buffalo can reach the speed of a horse, another reason why they are rated the most deadly animal in Africa.

Lastly, let us turn to Asia where we have the Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).  These are more docile than the African buffalo and can be farmed for their meat, milk and hide.

To summarise, in Africa we have buffalo goring gung-ho game hunters; in Asia water buffalo wallowing waiting to be farmed, and in the USA, bison managed by Native Americans, regaining their former pastures.

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Buffalo and Bison - More interesting facts

  • Bison are important to many native American tribes.  No mention of bison is complete without recall of the terrible slaughter of the herds in the nineteenth century.  Fortunately a few wise men preserved 300, and once they were re-introduced to former pastures they have had no trouble in thriving.
  • Bison is a curious word in that the plural is the same as the singular - lots of bison.  Buffalo is even more curious because most dictionaries accept Buffalos, or Buffalo as the plural.
  • The old American 5 cent piece is called the 'Buffalo Nickel'.   The 1916 double die obverse mint is particularly prized by numismatists.
  • Bison are typical of the bovine family; males battle for supremacy of the herd.  The males are noticeably larger than the females, however, both genders have horns.
  • Today the biggest threat to bison is cattle.  Let me explain it has become common to cross breed bison with cattle.  If this continues one day there will be no pure bison.

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