Power of a community with common purpose


There is a lesson in here about common purpose, maybe even one about democratic action as opposed to a rigid patriarchy (though I confess, I don’t know that water cape buffalo don’t also have a rigid patriarchy).

In any case, the large, gentle creatures beat out two competing, sharp-toothed predators, to save a calf. Parents uniting can do great things.

Amazing video, really:

Tip of the old scrub brush to Telic Thoughts — the most thoughtful post they’ve had there in some time.

5 Responses to Power of a community with common purpose

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I think hippos still qualify as the most dangerous large vertebrates in Africa, injuring and killing more humans than any other large vertebrate.

    Feral Spanish cattle? Local botanists claim they brought mesquite trees from Mexico to North Texas . . . research time.

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  2. Pam says:

    Ok, EdD, here’s your cue to tell us about feral Spanish cattle in Texas (I believe there was a terrific Zane Grey or maybe a modern short story about Spanish cattle in NM?? and some Indian Cowboys ranching them… )

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  3. Terry says:

    Cape Buffalo reportedly are the most dangerous large vertebrates in Africa. And actually, many of the large wild cattle species are pretty aggressive. If memory serves, George Shaller’s work on tigers in Sri Lanka found that killing a large wild bovid was incredibly dangerous for a tiger and the tigers were frequently mortally wounded in the attempt.

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  4. Pam says:

    They look like African Cape Buffalo to me, if so, hardly “the large, gentle creatures beat out two competing, sharp-toothed predators, to save a calf. ” Now, water buffalo in Asia…

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  5. Kenny says:

    This doesn’t have a whole lot to do with your posts, other than the common theme of lions. This video is of a few people re-uniting with a lion raised in captivity. Look at how happy the lion is. And look at the way the wild lion’s friends treat the people as well.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=036_1186245897

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