Laotian children sit on buffalo as it rises up from water

This is the adorable moment children sat on a buffalo which slowly rose up from the water in Laos.

The boys mounted the beast while it was being bathed in the Mae Khong river in Luang Prabang, Laos.

The white water buffalo named Thong Kham had come from a local farm.

The children posed with excitement when it rose from the depths.

The owner, Suthep, said: "My buffalo, Thong Kham, loves taking a bath in the river, especially with local kids."

Thong Kham was rescued from a local abattoir ten years ago and now has 21 brothers and sisters that were also saved from slaughterhouses before they ended up on the dinner plate.

Suthep added: ''One life of an animal can bring so much joy.''