Hello from France,
I'm one of these writers who ask questions on expert forums to test the credibility of some story plots Here the question is about how likely it is to find a buffalo horn as a proof that a buffalo was there the night before at some place. Can a buffalo loose a horn ? Or does "finding a buffalo horn" mostly means the buffalo was killed by an hunter who took the horn as a trophy, etc.. [This is then something I definitely want to avoid]
The context : I am working on an authentic Benin tale, that my colleague from Benin was told, by a 90 yo lady there, which is, briefly, about a half-buffalo/half-man spirit who is causing troubles to a village (he empties the main water source at night). We want to tell this tale to the French kids in an illustrated story.
But I'm also asked to provide a short contemporary introduction and conclusion so that French kids are not exposed only to "past Benin" when they read it. So we imagined the following introduction and conclusion : in Benin, a solar powered machine that irrigates a village is out of order. While she's fixing it, a woman tells the tale, to a boy waiting for the machine to be fixed. And in the end, after she finished the tale, they find out the machine was broken by a buffalo. This way, at least the kids are being told Benin is not a country living in the past, that there is technology there too, etc... Even though the tale itself is happening in very old times.
So my question is : is it possible for a buffalo to loose a horn ? For instance, the buffalo stuck a horn in some panels and had to leave without his horn, but he damaged the machine while trying to remove it. This way, we can draw a buffalo horn in the illustration, etc..., and the kids understand instantly what happens. It is something that could happen ?
On the other hand, if it never happens, if "finding a buffalo horn" is associated with a hunter trophy,etc, well I'll have to change, and only use animal tracks for instance.
So, can buffalos loose horns when they stuck them ?