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Yesterday morning, Habu, Isaku and I rode out to the Dadin Serki lake, bringing along a few equine youngsters who love to roll in the mud…

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On the other side of the lake, nomads were taking their herd down for a drink. It’s always an impressive sight!

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I love how the nomads always manage to keep their animals in structured “sub-herds” within the herd, seperating the sheep from the cows and the donkeys.

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I loved watching the sheep and goats group together for a drink.

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Talk about group activity!

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I also loved how the zebu cows patiently awaited their turn in the background until they were called for. Treasured for their milk, the cows are treated like family members and respond to their name. Although I don’t think I will ever be able to learn how to speak “cow” myself, I have watched nomad herders call out a particular cow from the flock and watch it come up for a cuddle.

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Now unlike the sheep, who stayed at the shore, the zebu cows marched right in, soaking themselves in the cool stagnant water as they went for a drink.

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The free-ranging animals are used to drinking once a day, so whenever they are taken to the water hole or well, they stay for a long time, replenishing themselves for the coming 24 hours.

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While the zebu cows drank, I shot one picture after another, enjoying the scenery!

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I didn’t really notice the horses until a little later, but there were three of them all in all – two adults and one foal.

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The horses on the other side started calling to ours,

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…and of course, ours responded to the invitation, calling the newcomers to come over.

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Diva

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Arwen

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All ears were pricked,

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…but eventually, the horses on the other side were done and made room for the next group…

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Which was none other than…

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…the donkeys! Still carrying the entire nomad camp on their backs, the donkeys marched into the water and drank generously, without shedding their very valuable backpacks!

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Knowing how much our own horses love to roll in water, I would never have trusted them to get wet like these donkeys, if they carried anything of value on their backs!

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Eventually, it was time for our little herd to head back home,

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…and even those our mud covered equines were sorry to leave this cool bathing place, we’ll be back soon again!

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