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Rare White Bison Calf Has Not Been Seen Since Its Birth Day

For the first time since the birth of a rare white bison calf on June 4, 2024 in Yellowstone National Park, national park officials acknowledged its birth. The acknowledgement came in a press release yesterday. The press release indicated that the birth was the first known birth of a white bison in Yellowstone National Park.

White bison are exceedingly rare and are often considered a sacred symbol among various Native American tribes. The white coloration may result from a genetic mutation known as leucism, which causes patches of white coloration on the skin or fur. The birth of a white bison calf in the wild is believed to occur in 1 in 1 million births or even less frequently.

"Yellowstone's Center for Resources Bison Management Team received numerous reports and photos of the calf taken on June 4 from park visitors, professional wildlife watchers, commercial guides and researchers," the press release said.


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