《中英對照讀新聞》The farmer in Thailand who became friends with a buffalo－與水牛成為朋友的泰國農夫
Thai farmer Surat Paewkate was never expecting to form a bond with buffalo Thong Kham. The 34-year-old was paid to take care of the buffalo - but he says it slowly developed into a friendship.
"Thong Kham is so sweet and canny," he told BBC Thai. "He loves to walk in my paddy field with me on his back." So it was only natural that he started to post selfies with his beloved buffalo. His photos quickly went viral, turning him and Thong Kham into instant internet celebrities in Thailand.
But this friendship was almost torn apart when Thong Kham’s owner decided to sell the buffalo to someone else. "I was quite upset [but] I did not have enough money to buy him," said Paewkate.
He explained that he would need to raise 100,000 Thai Baht to buy Thong Kham - and people answered. Within two days, he raised a total of THB135,969 and closed the crowd funding campaign.
"I [used to] dream about having a paddy field, a house and a buffalo I can ride when I go to work in the fields. With Thong Kham, my last dream has come true," he said.
go viral：爆紅。例句：This song goes viral on social media.（這首歌在社群媒體上爆紅。）
tear apart：撕碎、拆散、使難過。例句：The child’s misery really tore me apart.（這孩子的不幸遭遇讓我非常難過。）
used to：過去經常。例句：I used to smoke.（我過去常抽菸。）