Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cambodian cattle - the Zebu

Cambodian Zebu contentedly lazing around in front of the school at O Ta Saeng

Domestic Cambodian cattle are similar to those found in other parts of Asia. They are called Zebus (Bos primigenius indicus). They are characterized by having a hump, droopy ears and a large dewlap. These cattle are one of the major domesticated animals found on many farms, and there is a distinct economy built around selling, loaning and hiring of these animals. They are cultivated largely for meat as this species of cattle are poor milk producers, producing barely enough for their own young.

When we move around the villages, we come across many of these animals, some roaming freely and some being herded. They are rather sad looking as these Cambodian Zebus look particularly skinny.

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