Buffalos in the Streets
Out doing some errands yesterday saw these cows – or buffalo, actually. I came upon several other small herds walking the streets, one quite close to IBM buildings in downtown Pune.
Folks from US ask me this all the time – “Are there really cows walking around all over?” Yes there are, but in the city at least they are not free-ranging. They have caretakers who look after them, is the best I can say. A common sight in the outer districts is a cow or cows browsing through trash piles for scraps. Also there is a difference between cows, which are mostly white, and buffalos like those above which are black or dark brown. The cows are the most sacred beasts, while buffalos are working animals.
I don’t yet understand everything going on here, but a few searches will show you there is considerable conflict centered on the cow, as seen in this example article.