Wildlife at the watering hole
Birds and bovine form an unlikely friendship.
In the Israeli wilderness, water buffalo mingle by a version of the office water cooler. And, like many water cooler patrons, these buffalo are subject to distraction, like finding a few white herons sitting on their backs.
Bothering half a ton of sharp-horned bovine may seem like a bad move for a pretty little bird that barely weighs a pound, but these herons, called "cattle egret," have no natural predators. In fact, they have a special relationship with bovines. The cattle egrets ride on their backs and pick at ticks. This relationship has allowed them to thrive over the last century — truly an alliance for the ages.
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