Pictured here is a Carabao (Water Buffalo) cooling off in a small pond near Sabang Palawan, Water Buffalo have been domesticated in the Philippines even before the Spanish arrived and are still used for transportaiton and by local Filipino farmers to plow rice fields, pull carts and perform other duties. From 1941 to 1945 during Japanese occupation the Japanese soldiers would steal the rice from local farmers and kill the Carabaos for the meat, by the end of World War II nearly 70 percent of the Carabao population had been killed off.
The Carabao is not really a beautiful animal, but they are vital to the Filipino farmers who still use them to prepare the rice fields for planting, we love the Philippines Carabao.
This Palawan picture of a Carabo was taken on November 21, 2010 by freelance Philippines travel photographer Rick St. John of WOW Philippines Travel Agency in Manila.
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