CALLING FOR ACTION: Residents of Taman Pengkalan Harmoni urge the council to catch the animals and fine the owners
IPOH: THE last thing city folk expect to see is a large herd of buffaloes roaming in their residential area. But for residents living in Taman Pengkalan Harmoni near here, it has become a common sight.
A herd of 30 buffaloes appeared to have moved into the neighbourhood, grazing along the roads and green areas here.
A check by Streets at the new residential area found the animals grazing or wandering along the roads.
Some residents and motorists have got used to the presence of the animals while others have been taken by surprise upon seeing the buffaloes.
Resident Kamarul Mohd Salleh, 28, urged the Ipoh City Council to look into the matter before something untoward happens.
"The owners should not allow their herd to stray, especially into a residential area," he said.
"If these animals sleep in the middle of the road that are poorly lit, they may endanger unsuspecting motorists and cause accidents."
He added that motorists often had to stop for these buffaloes to cross the road, thus causing traffic congestion.
Another resident, who only wanted to be known as Ali, 35, is irked by the dung left by the animals on the roads.
Meanwhile, N. Ravi Varma, 48, a motorist who travels regularly through the area said he almost met with an accident because of the stray animals.
"I almost crashed onto a fire hydrant while trying to avoid hitting a buffalo," he said.
"The city council should catch the animals and fine the owners to teach them to be more responsible," said Ravi Varma.