Armed police have shot dead two large buffaloes after they escaped from a farm and ran amok in a village.
The owner of the Asian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) - animals vitals to China’s agricultural revolution - had been using the pair to plough his rice paddies.
But the fire brigade as well as police were called to the township of Longbang, in Jingxi City in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, after the animals ran off and could not be brought under control again.
According to local fireman Chen Zhang, the two buffaloes rammed into and damaged three cars and one motorcycle owned by village residents.
Three unsuspecting pedestrians were also harmed by the buffaloes as they tried to escape, resulting in hospitalisation, but thankfully non-fatal injuries.
Footage from the streets of the township shows villagers fleeing the animals, which are charging through the streets with their newfound freedom.
Police armed with semi-automatic weapons drove the animals to the outskirts of town and shot them in the neck and head, but further bullets were required to put down the hardy animals which continued to run on for a while.
The authorities received permission from the owner to shoot the buffaloes, but protocol mandates that they put the animals down regardless if they are found to have harmed civilians.