The water buffalo is a cultural symbol of Thailand, having played an integral role in early rice cultivation.
This particular buffalo (as pictured) is a rare breed, known as an Albinoid Buffalo. Their bodies are covered with white hair and pink skin. Because they are a rarity in Thailand, farmers view them as special animals not to be easily traded or sold to other farmers. Much of the rice production today has been replaced by machines, but the water buffalo remains an important part of Thai culture.