When these animals began to attract attention from American bowhunters a decade or so ago, they were initially viewed as a tune-up for their better known African relative, the Cape buffalo. With the benefit of experience, a number of observers familiar with both species (myself included) now think those priorities could easily be reversed. In terms of size, body structure and disposition, the two are quite similar, differing primarily in the shape of their horns, which sweep backward in graceful, glossy arcs on the Asiatic version. Plan on dealing with an honest ton of muscle, hoof and horn. While their vision is only fair, their hearing and sense of smell are both excellent, and their personality can be summarized with two adjectives: belligerent and unpredictable.