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From Today's Walkabout

Houdini and I took a walk along the fence line over on the Cow Pasture looking for downed branches. What with the wet weather experienced this week, it's a good possibility. After all, while out feeding the Ranch this morning we heard a branch fall over on our neighbor Miss P's side of the fence. We did not find any branches across the fence. This is probably a good thing, because we did find

Suspicious Neighbors

In case you are wondering, those are Asian Water Buffalo. Our other neighbor, Doc P, he raises them. We gave them a wide berth, and still kept an eye on them because they mostly consider fences as suggestions. Sometimes as not particularly important suggestions.


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Aug. 27th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
You 're going to need a bigger gun.
Aug. 27th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Once, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I knew someone (not a friend, a ... co-worker ... ) who attempted to take one down using an M-16.

He learned the truth of your words.
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
.308 is as small as I would go, and honestly, an Ma Deuce would not be considered overkill.

There are not creatures to be taken lightly or easily.

Shooting one with an M16 ought to be considered a suicide attempt.
Aug. 27th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
There is a reason buffalo is one of the big 5 in Africa.
Aug. 29th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
That, and they actually are quite tasty. Which being Herd Beasts, I suspect is programmed into their genes. 'I am fudz. Something wants to eat me.'
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I've heard a pissed-off water buffalo will commence hunting the human who was foolish enough to provoke it. Mmmmm... not gonna even look at one cross-wise, me.
Aug. 29th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think it consisted of 'hunting' the individual mentioned above; certainly the water buffalo in question felt quite annoyed by them and came over to tell them to stop. Said individual then retreated to the top of an armoured personnel carrier, with enough height to be above and enough mass the water buffalo couldn't tip it over to get at them.

Unfortunately for both the water buffalo and the family it belonged to, it was sufficiently injured by the 'smaller caliber' weapon that it needed to be killed, and the also afore-mentioned Ma-Deuce (Browning 50 caliber heavy machine gun) employed to do so, with a single shot.

Unfortunately (but not regrettably) for the Mighty Hunter, there were also local regulations in place against unnecessarily dispatching the livestock of locals, specifically mentioning water buffalo (since they are used to help cultivate rice fields and such). Amongst other things such as reduction in pay grade and confinement, he was also fined the replacement expense of a water buffalo for the family.
Aug. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
There's a really impressive scene in a nature show of a water buffalo taking on ELEPHANTS to save her calf. I wouldn't mess with them.
Aug. 29th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Mostly we give them quite a comfortable space. Even when not being 'riled' they are more suspicious of unknown activity than domestic cattle, something visible in the above photography. Every member of the Herd is watching the Human and Wolf walk by. Herd turned as a unit to track us...
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Wow those are beautiful. And apparently scary (?) and probably quite tasty.
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