Ten fun facts about Water Buffalos

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Fact 1
Water buffalos originated in Asia but are also seen in Africa, Australia, Europe and North America.

Fact 2
These animals live in herds and stick close together when chased by predators. They are gregarious and not territorial animals.

Fact 3
Water buffalos have enormous backward-curving horns that can stretch up to five feet. These horns have several deep ridges on their surface. Water buffalos have a long tail and dirty-white ‘stockings’ up to their knees.

Fact 4
They are herbivores and eat mainly marsh grasses, herbs and green vegetation. When near marshy areas, they also munch on aquatic plants and eat bulrushes, reeds and water hyacinth.

Fact 5
Water buffalos live in forests, swamp forests and plains. They prefer lounging in muddy wetlands and swamps and never have to worry about sinking in the wet, mushy mud as their hooves are designed prevent them from sinking in the mud.

Fact 6
Each Water buffalo weighs about 500 kg to 900 kg and is about 5 feet to 6.2 feet in height.

Fact 7
Water buffalos are ruminants and their digestive system is modified for digestion of plant-based food.

Fact 8
The milk is used for preparing cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.

Fact 9
They create shallow depressions in the soil and roll in it as a form of grooming or to get relief from insect bites.

Fact 10
Males mate with multiple females and breeding is seasonally dependent in some areas. Females produce a calf every couple of years. The gestation period is 11 months.

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Are large formidable mammals with sparse black-gray coats that belong to the Bovine family.