Why do hundreds of buffalo swim across Chinese river?

From April to October each year, the buffalo in Fanggou Village, Peng'an County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, are seen swimming across the Jialing River to graze. Unlike the seasonal migration of wild African buffalo, these domestic water buffalo head to the islands in the middle of the river every day in the morning and then return at dusk.

This is due to a hydropower station on the Jialing River. Before 1994, the river's water level in the village was low, and the buffalo could walk to the islands to graze. When the station was completed, the stored water still couldn't stop these herbivores from swimming across the river to enjoy their favorite areas of grass. Locals are marketing this unique behavior as a tourist attraction.

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