Buffalo baffles public

2016-10-19 11:21
An Asian water buffalo grazes lazily at the old quarry near the Quarry Centre in Hilton. The buffalo made a surprise appearance at The Quarry on Saturday.

An Asian water buffalo grazes lazily at the old quarry near the Quarry Centre in Hilton. The buffalo made a surprise appearance at The Quarry on Saturday. (Supplied )

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The surprise appearance of a water buffalo at the old quarry beneath Hilton’s Quarry Centre has left locals baffled and slightly amused.

Shoppers and staff first spotted the young bull among the bushes near the dam on Saturday.

on Tuesday, people gathered at the viewing deck in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the buffalo, which had hidden himself among the trees.

When the bull reappeared, they rushed to snap pictures and discussed theories on where the beast had come from. The buffalo is believed to be owned by The Quarry developer, Russell Collins.

Due to meetings and a busy schedule, Collins said he would only be able to comment on the buffalo’s appearance later in the week.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo said the Asian water buffalo was domesticated, but there would still be investigations into the arrangement.

KZN Agriculture and Rural Development Department spokesperson Lelethu Manentsa said the department had been made aware of the buffalo and that Ezemvelo would be investigating its presence at The Quarry.

Store owners and customers who had come to see it said that they had first seen the animal on Saturday, and that it had been bellowing but seemed to have settled down.

The buffalo grazed happily while people watched in awe from afar, unaware of the stir it was creating.

Three people carrying clipboards entered the quarry on Tuesday morning as part of Ezemvelo’s investigations. They followed the buffalo’s movements from a distance for some time.

When they ventured closer, the young bull became curious and began walking towards the trio, who quickly made their way to safety.

Quarry Centre manager Lynda Lees said the buffalo’s placement was “absolutely awesome”.

She said there had been a few concerns over whether there was enough space for the animal, but she had been assured by Collins that the young bull would be “carefully cared for”.

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