The old Fremantle Railway Station - still a major commuter hub

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A Whole Lot Of Bull

Feral Water Buffalo are common in the Northern Territory.  They are an introduced species, originating in Asia where most of the world population of the species still live.  I can't tell you when or why they got to Australia but they soon went feral.  Strange that, when you consider that they, in their natural state, tend to spend a lot of time in the water.  Here in Australia (at least in the areas they abound in) there may not be much water at all, leave alone enough to submerge in.

Although they are slow breeders (the female doesn't mature until about 4 years and then only produces one calf every two years) the feral population of the beasts has sometime reached proportions where culling has been necessary.  The more adventurous of our northern bretheren chase them in specially strengthened vehicles with hydraulic capture arms.  They are interbred into (relatively) domesticated stock to improve the disease resistance of the herds.

I'm not kidding about the armoured vehicles and hydraulic arms.  An adult male can get to about one tonne and they are, apparently, a little short tempered.  I can't comment on that because I've never got close enough to one to find out.

Don't intend to in the near future, either!