Photos of water buffalos on the banks of the Karun River in southern Iran.
Khuzestan is a center for breeding water buffalos which need to spend a lot of time in water to survive. Children living on the banks of the Karun River take a dip along with the beasts in the river.
The recent severe water shortage has worried water buffalo breeders in the region about the future.
The following photos have been provided by the Islamic Republic News Agency: