White buffalo

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For other uses, see White Buffalo (disambiguation).
A white buffalo at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Safari in Ashland, Nebraska. This animal is not a true white buffalo, being 1/16 Charolais cattle. It is expected that its coat will darken as it matures.

A white buffalo or white bison is an American bison possessing white fur, and is considered sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals. The coats of buffalo are almost always brown and their skin a dark brown or black; however, white buffalo can result from one of several physical conditions:

White buffalo are extremely rare; the National Bison Association has estimated that they only occur in approximately one out of every 10 million births.

Individual white buffalo[edit]

Big Medicine on display at the Montana Historical Society museum

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