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The water buffalo bubalus bubalis in australia reproductive and parent offspring behavior



The water buffalo bubalus bubalis in australia reproductive and parent offspring behavior



Australian Wildlife Research 6(3): 265-288



Water buffalo in the Northern Territory of Australia have a well-defined breeding season in the wet or very early dry season. The birth of a calf is of major importance for the clan and for the family group of which that clan is a part. A number of calves are left in the care of an adult while their mothers go to graze. The female calf remains with its mother for many years, possibly for life, but at 2-3 yr of age the male calf is driven from the group by an adult bull when a cow in the group comes into estrus. Most buffalo cows will readily adopt an orphan calf and within 8 days it is impossible to distinguish between the orphan and the group calves. [Domestication of these animals was discussed.].

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