A rare white bison calf has been born in a Wyoming state park, officials have reported.
A 2-year-old white bison gave birth to the calf at Bear River State Park near Evanston, park officials announced May 16 on Facebook.
The National Bison Association told KUTV that the birth of a white bison is normally a “1 in 10 million” event.
In this case, it was not entirely chance, park officials said.
“As the coloring is the result of a very small amount of mixed bovine genetics rather than a fluke like albinism or leucism, it is not unusual for the calf to also be white,” the park said. .
A photo released by park officials shows the new calf grazing with its mother.
“Please continue to give bison the opportunity to try motherhood and care for their young!” park officials said.
Some Native American tribes consider the white bison “the most sacred living thing on Earth,” according to the National Park Service.
“When a white buffalo calf is born, it is a sign that their prayers are heard and the promises of prophecy are fulfilled,” the park service said.
Bear River State Park is in the southwest corner of Wyoming, near the Utah border, about 330 miles from Casper.
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