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Visitors see birth of rare white bison at AZ wildlife park

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White bison calf with mother at Bearizona Wildlife Park near Williams. White bison calf with mother at Bearizona Wildlife Park near Williams.

Visitors at Bearizona Wildlife Park witnessed a rare occurrence May 15 - the birth of a white bison calf.

"It was so amazing to see the bison born right in front of me. I couldn't believe a handful of visitors and I were just sitting there watching it happen," said Jocelyn Monteverde, operations manager at Bearizona. The baby bison was born to two white bison in a large meadow within the park.

Similar to most bison in the U.S., Bearizona's white bison are believed to be the product of American bison that have been genetically influenced by domestic cattle, Monteverde said.

Visitors can see the baby bison and its mother with the rest of the herd when driving through the park, Monteverde said.

The calf's birth comes just three days after the anniversary of the death of a white bison in Texas named Lightning Medicine Cloud.

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