Making the connection 

I ride by a farm that has Buffaloes. Today one Buffalo let me pet his head, communicated with me and licked my hand - a kiss. I am happy to admit I was very moved by the lovingkindness of the Buffalo. 

Below are photos from the very special occasion.

Here is my buddy. Not sure if he needs a name or not, but he seems to know me.

Are we brothers from another birth?

How could you say no to these inviting eyes?

Such a beautiful head. I petted the forehead and the Buffalo reciprocated by making his own noises and licking my hand. For a moment, I was almost teary eyed. Had I cried, that'd have been okay too.

There he stands looking at me.

I took my bicycle closer to the fence. The Buffalo wasn't sure of what I was doing. So, I backed off a bit and let him get used to me and give him his space and the respect he deserved. Just as he treated me with kindness.

Who knew commute to work could be this fun? :)

My buddy Buffalo was joined soon by another friend.

I have been pondering about this encounter.

It feels like it was meant to happen.
Personally, apart from our categorization of "human" v. "animal", I didn't feel the Buffalo was, as a "person" anything different than "me, the human".

Who am I? Who are we?
Are we all not connected?
Perhaps more connected than perhaps our rationale will help us understand?
Perhaps more than how much some of our egos will let us admit?

I will leave you with a song by The Allman Brothers, while I ponder some more ...

Linking with Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Comments

  1. Wow - what an outstanding post - such a connection!!!

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  2. A very touching encounter Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Buffalos are outstanding animals!
    I like you bike!
    Greetings!

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  4. Hello, what a cool encounter. I am amazed the buffalo licked your hand. Great series of photos. That is a fun commute. Thank you for linking and sharing your post. I also appreciate your visit and comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Connections between living things are interesting to contemplate. Thanks for linking to Shadow Shot Sunday 2!

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  6. You had a spiritual moment! A beautiful sharing experience with one of God's beautiful creatures that we so seldom have contact with! Love this post!

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  7. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your buffalo. (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  8. That is so special! You can see the sweetness in his eyes.

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  9. Wow! Love that buffalo and the bike and fantastic shadow shots!

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Hello!:) I have always been wary of Buffaloes, but from what you say, this one was trying to communicate in a friendly docile manner. He has soft eyes, and a sweet face. Thank you for sharing.:)

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  11. Buffalo are one of many elements making cycling a rich experience. However, I never got licked by one. My hat is off! http://dfwptp.blogspot.com/2010/05/rich-experience.html

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  12. It was a lovely encounter ... you are a buffalo whisperer ... he sensed your respect! It is a little sad that the buffalo (bison) is fenced in. I always think of what it must have been like when huge herds of them roamed our prairies (and sadly we as humans changed that pretty quickly). And they do have lovely sad eyes too. We have seen them roaming wild in South Dakota and in Canada and Oregon. But more often on farms like yours.

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  13. I am glad you had a positive connection with the buffalo. And relieved to see a fence between you ... they can be deceptively calm and then charge!

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  14. What an interesting and thought provoking post......Great to see your bike again.....

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  15. What a great experience! I don't think I've ever been that close to a buffalo. It is too bad that we pushed them to the brink of total extermination. I'm glad that you had the opportunity to connect with that beautiful and majestic animal.

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  16. Hello, you link is not working this morning. I am not sure which post you would like to link. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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