Why the slightly cross-eyed blend of fury and bewilderment in those very human eyes? These were some of my possible explanations.
The buffalo has dropped its knitting.The buffalo has been caught cheating at chess.The buffalo treads on cell phone in frustration.The buffalo can hear cellphone ringing but cannot find it.The buffalo has left its oven on.The buffalo abandons its kite to the prairie wind in a moment of distraction.The buffalo is displeased with its recent haircut as it views it reflected in a lake.The buffalo treads on reading glasses of an inappropriate caliber (show glasses rack nearby).The buffalo struggles to operate a universal remote control.The buffalo realizes that it has called someone the wrong name in a recent conversation.
My ideas were becoming increasingly difficult to illustrate. Then my friend Shawn suggested human hands. The visual awkwardness that resulted surprised me, partly because I hadn't realized how slender buffalo ankles are, how surprisingly wrist-like. To any other creature, opposable digits would be a blessing. The buffalo, who really only needs to pound the earth with a hard-ended stump, can now only knead the tufts of grass with unusual dexterity. I guess that he might scrape together a living playing piano in a nearby saloon.
I added the coffee pot and mugs for color*. Possibly the coffee inside the pot is transforming the buffalo into a human, hands first. Alternate explanations are welcome.
*A recent study has shown that people are more satisfied drinking hot chocolate from orange coffee mugs than from mugs of any other color.