Animals

An extremely rare white bison calf born in Canada

The birth of a white bison is extremely rare in the world. Some First nation tribes celebrate it as a sacred event.

Recently, the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Manibota, Canada, welcomed an incredibly rare white bison baby. The white buffalo plays an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of native tribes here.

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The Sioux Valley Chief Vince Tacan explains the significance of the white buffalo. That is because all of their teachings and their culture and their ceremonies were given through the white buffalo calf woman. It is really important to them because they believe that the white buffalo signals the start of their culture and their beliefs and their ceremonies.

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The birth of the white male bison has also taken the attention of people from as far as the United States. They came to see the baby and left tobacco offerings wrapped in colorful ribbons along its fence.

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The mother bison is also a white bison. It was born at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2009 and presented to the community’s herd. The calf and its mother become distinctive when staying in the pasture with a herd of around two dozen of bison. They easily attract the attention of people who visit there.

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Tacan said that the community had requests to bring buffalo out and display them at fairs and other events. But he refuses it. He wants to keep the white bison calf in the pasture where he belongs to.

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