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Watch the Incredible Moment a Bison Calf is Born

It was a rare and truly magical moment on the prairie at Nachusa Grasslands and volunteer Greg Baker just happened to catch it all on video. 

Off in the distance on the more than 3,000 acres of protected land in Franklin Grove, Illinois was the pregnant bison cow in the process of giving birth.

Over the course of approximately 40 minutes, the calf emerges into the world, opens its eyes and then takes its first wobbly steps under the watchful eye of its mother.

This calf is the latest in a series of newborns at Naschusa Grasslands; a number of others can be seen lounging on the prairie.



Under normal circumstances, bison calves are usually born from the middle of April to June, and we've also been treated to some new additions closer to home at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

It was just a few weeks ago that officials there announced the birth of two bison calves.


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