Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vietnam Water Buffaloes

The water buffalo is common in the southern regions of Vietnam. It is a large black animal with huge curving horns. The buffalo are domesticated and peasants use them as draft animals.

By comparison, the people are small, some hardly taller than their animals. Yet even the littlest child can lead a buffalo about by means of a metal ring in the animals' nose. To see them ambling slowly down the road, urged on by the occasional slap of a stick, you would think them the most gentle and peaceful of animals.

But, on 14 May 2012…

Rampaging water buffalo wreaks havoc in Vietnamese village
A water buffalo injured 10 people in central Vietnam while rampaging down crowded streets, across a river and through a house before being gunned down at a kindergarten, an official said Monday.
From a set of two stamps celebrating Friendship Year between Laos and Vietnam. On the stamp we see the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi and That Luang stupa in Vientiane- plus the national flowers of Vietnam (lotus) and Laos (champa).


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