buffalo born at Buffalo Rock State Park
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[APRIL 30, 2005]
OTTAWA -- A baby
buffalo was born at 7 a.m. April 25 at
Buffalo Rock State Park, located in north-central Illinois. The
sex of the newborn calf is undetermined, but the baby and mother are
reported to be in good health.
"Spring is the time when many animals
give birth," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director
Joel Brunsvold. "This is especially a joyous event."
In order to allow the newborn to bond
with its mother, an American bison named Holly, staff members from
the Department of Natural Resources are maintaining a distance from
the baby. Using binoculars, Bureau County veterinarian Dr. Merlyn
Holmbeck did a long-distance exam of the newborn buffalo --
observing the baby, the mother and their interaction. Observations
indicate the baby and mother are in good health.
The new mother buffalo was recently
donated to Buffalo Rock State Park from
State Park in Peoria. She was pregnant at the time she was
relocated. Buffalo Rock State Park and Wildlife Prairie State Park
in Peoria are the only Illinois state parks that are home to
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"We won't know the sex of the baby
for about two weeks," said Tony Mayville, director of land
management for the Department of Natural Resources. "We want to give
the mother and baby plenty of time and space to bond. That also
means we won't name the baby for a couple of weeks, until we know
"For now, the mother, Holly, doesn't
want any humans coming near her baby, and we are respecting her need
for distance," Mayville said.
Wildlife biologists with the
Department of Natural Resources say this is an example of an
important reminder: When encountering young wildlife or nesting
birds, "Do not disturb."
Department of Natural Resources news release]