Here's a photo of Sarj, offering a cool drink to a couple of water buffalo in the early 1960s. He says that this was taken just north of the city, on the way up to Grass Mountain.
These very calm beasts of burden were often controlled by little boys. They were more common than cows or horses are in the States. I don't know if anyone remembers, but it also seemed like every family had ducks wandering around near their homes.