That's standing by the mother.
It's so young,It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha'n't be gone long.--You come too.
Pace Mr. Frost, the critter is what we used to call in the Army in my time (during which a lot of the Vietnam guys were still around) a "waterboo". A carabao, or water buffalo.
These are pictures from another family's trip to Lianjiang City, the small town in southernmost China where our soon-to-be little daughter Baoxin was born and is living. Since Friday is my day for posting "things-I'm-interested-in", and what I'm most interested in now is her, I thought I'd put these up. Note the banana trees above: southern Guangdong Province is China's "banana belt" - tropical and more like Southeast Asia than it is like the interior of the country.
It is also, as far as I can tell, about semi-rural. I get the feeling that folks from Beijing and even Guangzhou probably think of Lianjiangers as, um, "rubes"...Described as a "typical street scene" from Lianjiang City. Wonder what the bicyclist is going to do with the bamboo. Home improvement? Garden plant stakes? Light industrial materials?