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White Buffalo Roam

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Opal Sunrise Spirit, JR Spirit and Silver Spirit were born on a buffalo sanctuary just outside of Bend over Mother’s Day weekend. These devastatingly cute calves are the first recorded white buffalo born in Oregon.

They’re part of what is believed to be the world’s largest herd of white buffalo, 14 total, living on the 280-acre sanctuary.

The caretaker of the ranch where they live believes the chances of a white buffalo being born is one in ten million. She says the addition of three more to the estimated 50 in existence is like winning the buffalo lottery.

Big Mama, a brown buffalo on the sanctuary who has mothered three white buffalo, is expecting another buffalo bundle this month.

These buffalo are so rare that some Native American cultures consider them sacred.

Are you moved by the arrival of three extremely rare animals? What does it mean to you?


  • Cynthia Hart-Button: Caretaker of Sacred World Peace, Home of the White Buffalo Sanctuary
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