RIP Billy, Lantau’s favourite cow

South Lantau is today mourning the loss of Billy, the beloved cow who ran with a buffalo herd and became friendly, perhaps too friendly, with visitors. Billy was found dead in the wetland field at Lo Uk after being missing for two days, according to Jean Leung, the friend and champion of Pui O bovines. His cause of death is uncertain, but eight-year-old Billy had been unwell for some time, a result apparently of the consumption of plastic and other trash. Three years ago government vets wanted to put Billy down after he became ill from eating rubbish or contaminated food. Jean persuaded them to release him back to Lantau so he could live out his days with the buffalo. But Billy was in fact lucky to make it to adulthood. At four months he lost his mother in a dog attack on the catchwater. According to local vet Dr Joe Laraya, Billy suffered a giant puncture in his rump that required daily cleaning, meaning he could not be let back to the herd. So Billy stayed at first with Joe and his partner Okka Scherer, and then in Ham Tin with Mel Potgieter, best known as the inspiration behind … Continue reading RIP Billy, Lantau’s favourite cow