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White Buffalo (Bison)

Blizzard was born in June 2005 in the United States. The birth of a White Buffalo is a rare event. It occurs as the result of a recessive mutation that leaves the hair follicles without the dark pigment melanin.

 

Due to the remarkable appearance and rarity over the centuries, a White Buffalo became a powerful spirit in First Nation's plain cultures.

 

The legend of the White Buffalo Calf Woman tells of a Great spirit appearing as a beautiful young woman, dressed in white buckskin, who presented a sacred pipe and knowledge as gifts to the Lakota People. On leaving the village, she turned into a White Buffalo Calf

 

Blizzard was on loan from Winnipeg to the Calgary Zoo for a few months

  

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Taken on December 27, 2008