Everyone knows what a buffalo is, right? But did you know that the animals we have here in America, are actually bison? A buffalo is really a big water buffalo that lives in Africa and parts of Asia, and is no relation to what we have here. Early settlers called the bison they found here buffalo, because they thought they looked somewhat similar to what they had seen before, and the name sadly stuck.
Bison are a species all there own, and only found in North America. There is a pretty good size herd that hangs out in this area. It’s amazing how much ground these guys cover. Some days they are miles away, and some days they are much closer. Saturday, was a much closer day, so off I went with my camera. Every year I take pictures of these magnificent animals, I just can’t get enough. My favorite is the babies. we have sat and watched them run and play, just like any other young animal.
When they are born, they are a very light buff color. As they get older, their fur gets darker and darker. Even at this young age, they have the start of their horns.
This little guy was pretty far away, so I couldn’t get good photos. He was very young, about half the size of these two. I’m positive it was a male, he wasn’t paying very good attention to his mom, and kept falling behind.
This big bull stopped right in front of me. Bison have pretty poor eye sight, so I was ready to bolt if he got any closer. He sure was impressive though.
My photo for day 11 in my 100 Days project, shows how loving and caring bison mothers are. They are very protective of their calves, and I would never, ever want to find myself between them.
As I was getting ready to leave, one mom kept running back and forth in front of me, grunting, and obviously frantic. She was trying to find her calf. It was so sad to see her distressed like that. I have to just tell myself she found her baby, and all is well.