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    Many countries across the world have mounted police as part of their force, but these officers usually ride horses. Some places, however, opt for way more exotic animals to maintain law and order.

    Brazil's so-called Buffalo Soldiers, riding giant animals were snapped by photographer Fernando Camara during a patrol on the island of Marajo.

    The local police force use these animals as the island, located in the Amazon estuary, has a large population of domesticated and feral water buffalo – over 450,000 heads.

    "It has become a bit of a tourist attraction", Camara said. "But it was started with the objectives of reinforcing safety and maintaining the culture of the local population".
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