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Hundreds of swimming buffalo draw visitors to southwest China village

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 August, 2016, 3:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 August, 2016, 3:44pm

Visitors are being drawn to a village in southwest China to watch more than 200 water buffalo swim through deep water to reach islands in the river where they graze all day before returning home, domestic media reports.

Local villagers said it has been a daily habit for the past two decades for the buffalo to leave their pens and cross the river to two islands each morning from spring through autumn, and return to their enclosures on the bank of the river at dusk each evening, news portal reports.

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There are two islands near the village of Youfanggou in the Jialing River, which flows through Pengan county, Sichuan. Before 1994, the river near the village was not deep and it was easy for the buffalo to wade across to the islands to graze.

The water level rose significantly that year when a reservoir was built nearby but the buffalo still visit the islands each day, now swimming the deeper water.