Water-buffalos in Nea Apollonia, Koronia Lake, Greece
As you can see, the "vouvalos" of the Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds is
quite different* from the North American buffalo. The buffalos shown are
among the allegedly last 50 or so remaining in Greece, and their milk
contributes to the fame of the Hatzis pastry shop in Thessaloniki
(established in 1908).
*"The water buffalo of Southern Italy -- to which lovers of Italian
owe true Mozzarella cheese -- has, for
instance, been attributed to
Byzantium's presence there."
[From Michael McCormick's "The Imperial Edge: Italo-Byzantine Identity,
Movement, and Integration, AD 650-950" (p. 24), Studies on the Internal
Diaspora of the Byzantine Empire (edited by Helene Ahrweiler and Angeliki
Laiou), Dumbarton Oaks, 1998, pp. 17-52.]