Water buffalo are large, horned bovines native to the highlands of Southeast Asia.
So naturally some Jackson County residents are asking themselves, "Why do I have one in my backyard?"
Mildred McEntire didn't know what to make of it one night last fall when she heard a commotion out at her bird feeder.
The 93-year-old Evans homemaker lives by herself in a two-story farmhouse at the end of Donohue Road. Her son Michael lives a few miles up the road.
She used to have a dog, but he died a few years ago. Now she's got a new pet, although this one is not quite her best friend.
"The first time I seen him, he was out there eating out of our bird box up in our tree," McEntire said.
It's not uncommon for a deer or other animals to eat from her bird feeder. So as she always does, McEntire went out on her porch to try and shoo it away.
"I just went out and hollered at him," she said. "And he went across the ditch, and that's when I looked at him - I didn't know what it was."
Water buffalo typically weigh about a ton, stand 5 to 6 feet tall and bear horns that can grow as long as 5 feet. In spite of those menacing dimensions, McEntire kept her cool.
"I just thought it was some big animal," she said. "It didn't excite me too much."
But not everyone is taking the situation in stride.
McEntire's niece, Kitty Bowles, said the water buffalo was just one of the animals left behind from a local game farm that closed down last year.
While the owners of that farm are long gone, Bowles said they just opened the gates and left the animals to roam free in rural Jackson County.
Her grandson, Ryan, encountered the buffalo on a path in the woods when he was hunting deer last fall. Bowles said some residents have seen razorback hogs that were released from the farm.
While no one has been injured or threatened by the animals yet, Bowles said she worries that something could happen.