DO you still remember the white cow living in a small forest of Taro village, Tegallalang subdistrict, Gianyar? This unique animal having become a tourist attraction throughout the country is so far still well preserved. Even, one of the ancestral heritages is highly trustworthy because it is believed as the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Existence of this animal is purified by local community. Even, they are given a special nickname. For bulls, they are addressed Ida Bagus Lanang, while the heifers are addressed Si Luh. It is said the white cow is the descendant of the Nandini cow. To Balinese people, it poses a complementary means of ceremonies called Ngasti.
To preserve the population, the local community is now building a cage for maintaining their health. This rare animal is made a space within an area of 5 hectares as its native habitat. The making of cage also poses the arrangement for the convenience of visitors who want to see the existence of the native animal to Taro village. When making the audience with the Regent of Gianyar AA Gde Agung Bharata, the hamlet chief of Taro I Gede Riwa with the apparatus of customary village revealed there were currently 35 white cows. The rare animals were treated by 11 local people. “The white cow lives wildly and some of them died due to fighting each other,” he said.
In the past, he added, the population of white cow reached 100 heads. However, their number recently declined due to illness, fighting and age factor. Besides, it was also used for the needs of ceremony, but it was only in a small amount. “Hopefully, the construction of this cage can further facilitate the surveillance against their development and health,” pleased Riwa. Balinese community, added Riwa, often asked for the piss, droppings and footprints of the white cows to be used as medicine. At the moment, the white cow was developed in a group under the White Cow Group of Taro Kaja hamlet, Taro village. In front of the Regent, Riwa said the group had owned the means to perform the composting and food recycling and had developed the urine of the white cow.
If the regent permitted, on behalf of Taro community he asked for the assistance of deer so the animal collection could become an attraction for travelers. He believed the preservation and arrangement of the region could provide economic benefits and tourism development at Taro village. Gianyar Regent Agung Bharata said the presence of the cage would be able to further improve the monitoring and preservation of the sanctified wildlife. Existence of the white cow so far had become an icon of Taro village, other than the elephant tour. (BTN/015)