WHITE MAGIC: Paddy, the rare white water buffalo calf, with its mother at the Wyreema Animal Nursery at Yorklea.
WHITE MAGIC: Paddy, the rare white water buffalo calf, with its mother at the Wyreema Animal Nursery at Yorklea.

Paddy?s a rare breed, no bull

By BREE PRICE

LITTLE PADDY, a rare, white water buffalo, sniffs the air as he saunters along in the shadow of his one-tonne mother.

His legs support his weight and his ears prick up at any sound.

Born early on Tuesday morning, Paddy's owners, Monica and Gordon Clark, had no idea one of the heifers on their Yorklea property was carrying Australia's fourth white buffalo bull.

"To my knowledge there were only three white, or cremellow, bulls in Australia," Mr Clark said. "There is one in Mary River, just outside Darwin, one in Queensland, and we have one here at Wyreema Animal Nursery.

"They're very unusual and he'll stay that colour as he grows."

Mrs Clark, who moved to Australia from Ireland in 1971, said Paddy was the first name she thought of for the tiny addi- tion to the herd.

"We went down to feed them (their 16 head of water buffalo) and were very surprised and very pleased to see a white calf," Mrs Clark said.

"I thought being a boy, and being born so close to St Patrick's Day, Paddy was a good name."



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