Runaway Buffalo Bring Sydney To Standstill

Animals escape film set and head to university. Work getting in way of study.

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They weren't stopping at red lights.

Great shot of two water buffalo charging down #KingSt, #Newtown. Thanks to our viewer Demet for sending it in! #9News

Nine News Sydney@9NewsSyd

Great shot of two water buffalo charging down #KingSt, #Newtown. Thanks to our viewer Demet for sending it in! #9News

10:47 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Local radio were on the story quickly.

We've heard reports of bulls or buffalos on the loose in the Inner West... if you've seen something call us on 1300 222 702.

702 ABC Sydney@702sydney

We've heard reports of bulls or buffalos on the loose in the Inner West... if you've seen something call us on 1300 222 702.

09:56 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eyewitnesses reported that they were heading towards the city.

Newtown residents were pretty blasé.

“It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn't think it was that unusual.'' #KingSt #WaterBuffalo http://t.co/UR94utmtu9

smh.com.au@smh

“It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn't think it was that unusual.'' #KingSt #WaterBuffalo http://t.co/UR94utmtu9

10:30 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the media went into overdrive.

If anyone's in #Newtown right now, and has seen these water #buffalo that are apparently on the loose, please get in touch. We need answers.

Junkee@junkeedotcom

If anyone's in #Newtown right now, and has seen these water #buffalo that are apparently on the loose, please get in touch. We need answers.

10:37 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Within minutes the news was trending.

'buffalo' is now trending in #Sydney http://t.co/HLHBgyrQFY

Trendsmap Sydney@TrendsSydney

'buffalo' is now trending in #Sydney http://t.co/HLHBgyrQFY

10:36 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

First just in Sydney, then across the nation.

Newtown Buffalo, @newtownbuffalo is now trending in Australia http://t.co/P15oTtFddX

Trends Australia@TrendsAustralia

Newtown Buffalo, @newtownbuffalo is now trending in Australia http://t.co/P15oTtFddX

01:57 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Buffalo spotter April Felman heard a rumour the runaways had escaped from a film set.

hey @Samsung do these buffalo belong to you? i saw them on #KingSt #newtown

Red Door Productions@a_felman

hey @Samsung do these buffalo belong to you? i saw them on #KingSt #newtown

11:10 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Surprisingly, it wasn't the first time something like this had happened.

One of my first ever news stories for SMH was about an escaped buffalo in 2009: http://t.co/W2CL4jqIic

Nick Evershed@NickEvershed

One of my first ever news stories for SMH was about an escaped buffalo in 2009: http://t.co/W2CL4jqIic

10:28 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Almost a regular occurrence.

Water buffaloes running wild in Sydney? Not the first time a water buffalo has taken to the streets: http://t.co/MTHMzr7eT9

Trove@TroveAustralia

Water buffaloes running wild in Sydney? Not the first time a water buffalo has taken to the streets: http://t.co/MTHMzr7eT9

02:16 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some people worried how best to share the news.

There's no emoji for water buffalo, so I can't fully explain this Newtown thing to anyone under the age of 25.

ABCnewsIntern@ABCnewsIntern

There's no emoji for water buffalo, so I can't fully explain this Newtown thing to anyone under the age of 25.

11:23 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others thought it might be a stunt.

10 bucks says that the Newtown Water Buffalo is another stunt by Nandos. Tomorrow we eat their new Buffalo Burger. http://t.co/6oSCaxvDBS

Marc Fennell@marcfennell

10 bucks says that the Newtown Water Buffalo is another stunt by Nandos. Tomorrow we eat their new Buffalo Burger. http://t.co/6oSCaxvDBS

01:40 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Soon the buffalo had a Twitter account.

Dressed like this in Newtown. Didn't think anyone would notice. #newtownbuffalo #youthinkilookweird

Newtown Buffalo@NewtownBuffalo

Dressed like this in Newtown. Didn't think anyone would notice. #newtownbuffalo #youthinkilookweird

11:56 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And were taking part in the latest internet crazes.

Eventually, puffed out, they stopped for a rest.

Interesting sight in a Newtown front yard. They look at home, no? Fireys and wranglers trying to get them home.

Damien Smith@DamienSmith_7

Interesting sight in a Newtown front yard. They look at home, no? Fireys and wranglers trying to get them home.

10:24 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Making a great excuse for anyone skipping work.

WILD INNER-WEST: Sorry boss I won't be in today... there's..ah.. buffalo in my frontyard...? http://t.co/VVJLCUbF0O

7 News Sydney@7NewsSydney

WILD INNER-WEST: Sorry boss I won't be in today... there's..ah.. buffalo in my frontyard...? http://t.co/VVJLCUbF0O

03:00 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eventually the buffalo were cornered.

UPDATE #Camperdown: #FRNSW #firefighters using ladders & f/fighting equipment to corral water buffalo in a makeshift pen at Carrillion Ave.

Fire & Rescue NSW@FRNSW

UPDATE #Camperdown: #FRNSW #firefighters using ladders & f/fighting equipment to corral water buffalo in a makeshift pen at Carrillion Ave.

10:04 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Firefighters considered their next move carefully.

.@FRNSW cornering two water buffalo which stormed off a television commercial set in #Sydney's inner west. #9News

Nine News Sydney@9NewsSyd

.@FRNSW cornering two water buffalo which stormed off a television commercial set in #Sydney's inner west. #9News

11:31 AM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Discussed their options.

And decided the best thing to do was send in a man in a cowboy hat.

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