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2018-06-07 / Headlines

National Buffalo Museum Welcomes Newborn White Buffalo


White Cloud was popular with visitors until her death in 2016. Photo courtesy of the National Buffalo Museum. White Cloud was popular with visitors until her death in 2016. Photo courtesy of the National Buffalo Museum. JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown has welcomed a special addition to its herd.

Museum Director Ilana Xinos (il-AH’nah ZEE’-nohs) says a white female cow was born at Shirek Buffalo Ranch in Michigan, North Dakota. She’s a descendant of White Cloud, who lived with the herd at the National Buffalo Museum for 20 years.

Native Americans consider the white buffalo to be sacred. Xinos tells KQDJ the birth will allow the museum to contribute to current research in bison genetics since there’s still much to learn about the connection of albinism and bison.

White Cloud originally returned home to Shirek Buffalo Ranch in May 2016 where she died. In her lifetime at the National Buffalo Museum, she had 11 bison calves including another white buffalo, Dakota Miracle, who is also in the Jamestown herd.

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