Recently we watched on the boob tube (ouch!) and read on the newspaper, street protesters brought a water buffalo as a part of an angry protest against the govt on the bail-out of the once bankrupt C**tury Bank. The buffalo is likened to the (Indonesian) president. The buffalo is depicted as a lazy, fat and unintelligent creature and they compared the bovine with the prez’s frame and characters. As a zoophile or an animal lover and a big fan of the Animal Planet channel I don’t feel pity for the president, I pity the poor bovine instead. The president can take care of his problems and a lot of people in his surroundings would also help him taking care of his problems. But the case is not true for the water buffalo. That poor animal is completely helpless amongst the people who took it to the street. It looks befuddled to walk on the street in the blazing sun while it used to plow and wade in the muddy rice-field.
As the political outcry was raised amongst the protesters and the unhappy reaction was returned by the president, the conflicting parties do not realise that depicting a water buffalo as lazy and unintelligent is not accurate! Buffalo has never been lazy unless if it is sick and not in a good condition. The water buffaloes have significant contribution to the production of rice nationwide past and present alike! Now how can you say that a water buffalo is a lazy creature? Unintelligent?? It is not true either unless you compare its intelligence with that of human’s! But of course it is not fair to compare our intelligence with that of a buffalo’s. You would be unhappy too if someone told you that you are less intelligent than Albert Einstein! Certainly you wouldn’t expect a water buffalo to work on your voice command. You would not expect it will do math or do rocket science either! It is because it is just a water-buffalo! In fact how many of you can do good math or the like? So, please, don’t call a water buffalo an unintelligent animal. Perhaps for those who would expect a water buffalo to work for you on your voice command, they may be no more intelligent than the water buffalo itself!