Hubert (Bertie) is our new sweetheart on Angel Island;o) who could have guessed;o)
Bertie the baby water buffalo
Bertie Angel island mascot;o)
Bertie Nov 2012
Another one of our guests who falls for Bertie;o)
A Bertie Sighting
by Nani Murtaqi
21 August 2012
Lo and behold, on our very first day on the island, we sighted Bertie on a
tether standing in a clearing a little ways off the beach. He has grown
handsomely indeed, thanks to neutering and a life of leisure. He has a taut
pot belly, two formidable horns, and four perfectly matching white socks.
Bertie has a loving keeper by the name of Opa. It is Opa who takes him for his
daily run on the beach. Opa would hold on to Bertie's tether, and together
they would jog from one end of the beach to the other. Much like a pet puppy,
Bertie skips and hops when he runs, all the while wearing a huge grin on his
face. I half expected Opa to throw a tennis ball for him to catch. But that's
where the similarity ends. Bertie is still a buffalo at heart, and an almost
full-grown one at that; one can imagine the pandemonium which would strike
should the tennis ball whizz past a guest with Bertie in hot pursuit.
Bertie getting to be some size, but still cute, sorry to any males reading this but we brought the vet over from Bali to get him castrated, he was getting a little bit too frisky and hard to handle, he’s now back to being cute as a button;o)
Bertie is doing well, eating us out of grass and leaves, we’re having to get grass sent down from Ruteng which is a 4 hour drive away in the mountains;o))))) He’s growing quickly, but still just a big softy, all of our guests love him
A crow has started sitting on his back and catching any insects off him, hope to get a picture soon!
He was spotted at the bottom of one of our small cliffs by Hubert (Guest) while he was kayaking around the island, that’s Hubert not Bertie;o))) after a very strange conversation between Eloise and me, I finally understood there was a cow on the island!!!!!!!!!! Guests were trying to explain to the
staff with hand signals and noises what they’d found as they didn’t know the English for Cow, with the gestures and ‘Beef’ ‘ Beef’ the staff just looked on amused at the crazy guests and had no clue what was going on;o))) So anyway off we go in the boat to find him and see how we could get the rescue started. luckily he was in an area where we could walk him in shallow water to reach our red beach, Nius was to be head ‘cow wrangler’ and Bertie just followed along quietly till we made it to the beach, where he drank liters of water and we found him a comfy place to sleep and get some grass;o) we don’t know how long he was there! But the story doesn’t end there! for the next night, Bertie got loose of his rope and disappeared, we hunted high and low, how on earth could you lose a baby water buffalo on such a small island?? Heartbroken I thought he must have fallen off a cliff as we found where he had slept that night which was in a very precarious place;o( But, the next day whilst Paul was picking rubbish from the beach he looked out
across the water to see Bertie walking along the beach on the opposite uninhabited island, (maybe 1km away) so off they go in the boat with a plank of wood and just walked Bertie up onto the boat and back to the safety of Angel Island, he was still crying for his Mum, but he’s getting used to us all now and seems very happy to have found us, probably the only place in Indonesia where the owner is a vegetarian;o)))) All our guests love him and Bertie is now probably more photographed than the komodo dragons on Rinca;o)) So how did he come to be on the island? Packed Boats from Labuanbajo take water buffalo to Sulawesi to sell, he must have jumped ship and swam to shore, goodness knows how long or far he swam to reach us! We’ve already had a contingent of people trying to claim him, but I won’t give him up without a fight and will see them in court first, Bertie is here to stay!!