20 Escaped Water Buffalo Go Wild In Rush-Hour Traffic

Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This bizarre footage shows 20 water buffalo running amok in busy rush-hour traffic causing chaos for motorists stuck behind them after escaping from a farm.

The livestock are believed to have jumped a fence after the barrier was weakened by recent heavy rains in the city of Foshan in South China’s Guangdong Province.

Motorists and other witnesses travelling through the town of Beijiao at past 6am local time on 21st April were given the shock of their life when the herd stampeded past cars, stopping traffic.

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CCTV footage shows vehicles pausing to let them pass while a few people give chase on foot behind the herd of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).

Local authorities spent the next hour trying to funnel the cattle through the main road by herding the animals and also barricading side streets further ahead to stop traffic from merging in.

After about 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), they eventually had help from their owner, Liang Bo, who directed the herd back to his farm.

He said the buffalo escaped when he asked his colleague, who was tending to the animals, to go pick him up after returning from a business trip.

“As soon as no one is watching, they run off at the first opportunity,” Liang said.

Liang revealed his cattle is imported from India and worth up to 30,000 RMB (3440 GBP) per head.

They are used to produce buffalo milk as well as the popular Cantonese dessert known as double skin milk.

Local authorities said no one was injured and no property was damaged during the buffalo walkabout.

No charges are expected to be filed against Liang.