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    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection VIDEO

    A water buffalo ran into the middle of a traffic intersection yesterday afternoon, charging at cars and motorbikes stopped at a red light in the Deep South province Narathiwat near the Malaysian border. People quickly fled out of the buffalo’s path and some jumped off their motorbike. The buffalo knocked over a motorbike with its horns and charged at 2 bikers who were driving off.


    In Thailand, the water buffalo plays a critical role in rice cultivation as farmers use them to plough rice fields. Due to its close relationship with the farmer’s life, this animal is regarded as a cultural symbol of Thailand. (The word “buffalo” in Thai is also an offensive slang word used to describe someone who is stupid.)


    The video clip below went viral and drew a lot of attention on social media.



    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection - VIDEO | Thaiger

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    That animal was not a happy one. He certainly gave that one bike a decent shove, with parts flying everywhere. The riders were fortunate to have got out of the way.

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    Must be the talk of Narathiwat.

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    well with only 1 real reply after 24 hours its certainly not the talk of teak door. in fact its almost as irrelevant as misskits hundreds of attention grabbing "hold the front page" news posts a day.

    well done sybille.

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    And let's face it. KW would reply to anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    well with only 1 real reply after 24 hours its certainly not the talk of teak door. in fact its almost as irrelevant as misskits hundreds of attention grabbing "hold the front page" news posts a day.

    well done sybille.
    However, if misskit reported someone losing a pencil it would still be more interesting than your usual contributions.

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    I thought it was pretty funny.


    I probably should apologise.

    Very sorry for finding it pretty funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    In Thailand, the water buffalo plays a critical role in rice cultivation as farmers use them to plough rice fields.
    Hmm
    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Due to its close relationship with the farmer’s life, this animal is regarded as a cultural symbol of Thailand.
    Still loved

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    In Thailand, the water buffalo plays a critical role in rice cultivation as farmers use them to plough rice fields.
    Who writes this stuff? After 6 years in Isan I have never seen a waterboo doing anything other than eating or sleeping.
    There are rice fields for miles around me and there are a few waterboo nearby. They do nothing at all.
    If they lead an idle life in the rice basket of Isan, then where in Thailand do they put in an honest day's toil?
    I don't understand why people keep them. I asked the gf why and she says they are valuable, she cannot tell me why.
    One of her colleagues had a pale and allegedly attractive buffalo, if you admire such things, for which she was recently offered one million Baht. She turned the offer down as too low. Two weeks later the beast got sick and died, despite an expensive visit to the buffalo hospital.
    Nice to see them, part of the culture; 'a critical role in rice cultivation', absolute tosh.

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    ^ Up until about 1996 the buffaloes were integral to rice production. Taking a train north or south you saw many working the fields from the dining car while sipping Thai whiskey. Well the dining cars and liquor on trains are gone now and the buffalo is close. Here is a good articled from a couple of years ago on the decline of the buffalo in Thailand.

    Saving the Water Buffaloes - Urban Affairs Magazine

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Taking a train north or south you saw many working the fields
    I worked in Nong Jok, NE of Bangkok, and used to see them in the rice fields there. Would have been about 2002.

    I guess mechanisation was always going to take over at some stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    ^ Up until about 1996 the buffaloes were integral to rice production. Taking a train north or south you saw many working the fields from the dining car while sipping Thai whiskey. Well the dining cars and liquor on trains are gone now and the buffalo is close. Here is a good articled from a couple of years ago on the decline of the buffalo in Thailand.

    Saving the Water Buffaloes - Urban Affairs Magazine
    Interesting. In fairness, one person I asked did tell me that there was a Thai made buffalo mozzarella. I'd pay good money for that.

    Cheers to cheese, the saviour of Thai buffaloes

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    Well, the motorized ploughs (plows, to you uncouth American weirdos) are called iron buffaloes, which kinda hints why the real ones do less work than the average 19 year old male, nowadays.

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    Buffalo Feta Cheese is delicious. I haven't checked recently, but you used to be able to buy it at the Royal Projects shops.

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    Interesting article on buffalo cheese in Laos.

    How Laos Got Its First Buffalo Dairy Farm - Gastro Obscura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    After 6 years in Isan I have never seen a waterboo doing anything other than eating or sleeping.
    Yep
    Never saw one working myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Yep
    Never saw one working myself
    Some Thais eat them, but they don't like to talk about it. Just personal experience.

    When I see a Thai cow I think anorexia, when I see a buffalo I think barbecue. Lots more meat on them than cows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Buffalo Feta Cheese is delicious. I haven't checked recently, but you used to be able to buy it at the Royal Projects shops.
    Well, I'd never noticed it before. I was in Makro and there it is:

    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection VIDEO-feta-jpg

    I had to buy some. The next question was: what to do with it? I had been to the local farmers' market and come away with avocadoes and lettuce. Other things were to hand:

    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection VIDEO-ingredients-jpg

    It was a bit of a confusion, a bit of a Greek Salad with avocado and smoked salmon. Two or three meals crashing into each other.

    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection VIDEO-halfway-jpg

    Throw the salad bits together and dribble with EVOO. TV chefs drizzle, I dribble.

    Buffalo charges at motorbikes and cars stopped at intersection VIDEO-plated-jpg

    Pile the salmon on top and serve with lemon wedges and, because I like them with salmon, capers.

    The 'food' function on my camera isn't as useful as I'd hoped. I don't think I'll bother with that again.

    Circling back to the buffalo theme, the feta was very good.

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    I used to ask the same about Thai cows, still confused why they are so expensive considering they are Zebu.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Who writes this stuff? After 6 years in Isan I have never seen a waterboo doing anything other than eating or sleeping.
    There are rice fields for miles around me and there are a few waterboo nearby. They do nothing at all.
    If they lead an idle life in the rice basket of Isan, then where in Thailand do they put in an honest day's toil?
    I don't understand why people keep them. I asked the gf why and she says they are valuable, she cannot tell me why.
    One of her colleagues had a pale and allegedly attractive buffalo, if you admire such things, for which she was recently offered one million Baht. She turned the offer down as too low. Two weeks later the beast got sick and died, despite an expensive visit to the buffalo hospital.
    Nice to see them, part of the culture; 'a critical role in rice cultivation', absolute tosh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I don't understand why people keep them. I asked the gf why and she says they are valuable, she cannot tell me why.
    Yes, its weird. My missuses dad still has a few I think. The missus told me once that buffalo is good to eat, but that it is too expensive to buy the meat.

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    I've been chased by a water buffalo while cycling.
    Faster than I expected over a short distance, and I set what must be a personal best sprint time over the next 100m
    Less fun than it may sound, though beloved daughter still rates this as the funniest story ever.
    I didn't get a chance for positive ID but it was one from a group of six near her previous/junior school at Pa Daeng in Chanthaburi
    May have been one of these two, near the scene at a later date.

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    Concrete garden ones are less bothersome

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