Not driving but a passenger. The carabao is a domestic water buffalo.
They are still widely used to plow ricefields and are quite busy at the onset of the planting season. Here it wasn’t pulling a plow; instead it was being given a ride on a customized motorcycle sidecar on the way to its next assignment.
Its milk is getting more attention as a healthier alternative to cow’s milk. Cheese from carabao milk (“kesong puti” or white cheese) is also becoming more popular.
During the covid-19 pandemic, they were used as an alternative mode of transport and goods distribution in provincial areas.
The carabao is generally mild-mannered and has become a symbol of hard work and industry.
(On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.)