Behind the Scenes of WTFCF S3, E1: Where The (Water) Buffalo Roam


Water Buffalo lounge at Fading D Farm in Salisbury, NC.

“DOWN BY THE BAY – WHERE THE WATER BUFFALO ROAM – BACK TO MY HOME I DARE NOT GO.” What exactly is this? It is a traditional children’s song made popular by a singer Raffi. Okay, these are not exactly the right words – it’s actually where the watermelons grow. So why open the article with this? First, it is how I sing the song (Don’t ask) and second it really fits this Behind The Scenes. Just be really careful if you listen to the tune – you may just get an earworm (that’s how I wound up constantly singing it… with the wrong words).

WTFCF visited Fading D Farm in Salisbury, NC on August 10. Okay, just another farm right? Nope, there is something special about this farm. It is an honest to goodness water buffalo farm. Who knew! My son, who was an athletic trainer at nearby Catawba College in Salisbury, didn’t know it was there and neither did his friends and colleagues.

You may have seen water buffalo in a zoo, but up close and personal is a little different. These animals are huge and can get up to 1,800 to 2,200 pounds. A bit intimating. But these water buffalo, unlike their wild counterparts, are extremely gentle.

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