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A cart ride through the rice paddies of Cambodia. #nature, #wetlands

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I take this photograph of the water buffalo just after we finish our cart ride through the rice paddies of Cambodia.  The hand, to the left of the photograph, belongs to a boy who is petting a young water buffalo on the head.  The soft eyes portray the gentle nature of the adult water buffalo, who looks on.  In the distance, the guide is driving one of the carts back home at the end of the day.  The gentle and compliant water buffalo work well as draught animals, and enjoy the attention from children at this village.  With this global photo story, I salute these good natured animals and the people who care for them.

By Stacey Gerhart

Stacey Gerhart, DVM is a veterinarian, world traveler and children's book author. Her fun and inspiring stories will leave you cheering for nature, wildlife, and protecting the planet. Stacey believes fiction pairs beautifully with non-fiction for parents and teachers to share stories with children to raise awareness about wildlife, environment, and sustainability.