|Copyright: Karthek Krishnan (karthek)
|Date Taken: 2007-02-03|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 3:24|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Asiatic Wild Buffalo is a large, black and robust, with sweeping horns, is considered to be one of the most dangerous wild animals to encounter. It is a sleeker, heavier version of the domestic buffalo and has the largest horns on any animal in the world. There are two horn types - in one, the horns curve upwards in a semicircle and almost meet at the tips; in the other, they grow in a parallel fashion upwards and then inwards. The Wild Buffalo has dirty white stockings that are tell tale markings as well. |
The Buffalo snorts, stomps its feet and shakes it head as it prepares to charge. It forms a tight herd around the young calves when threatened by predators.
Height at shoulder :- 155 - 180cms
Weight :- 800 - 120 kgs
Source : - A field guide to Indian Mammals.
We saw these beast in a least expected sanctuary and were shocked. The wild buffalo is more known to be at sanctuaries like Kaziranga in Assam, Manas National Park, Indravati National and Mukruthi National Park. That these animals live at Dhengumarahada ranges has not been popularly known so far. The beasts are aggressive and as I was adjusting the exposure to get a better shot the entire herd charged and we had to beat a hasty retreat.
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