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Female Bison Calf Born At WV Wildlife Center

Reported: May. 22, 2014 1:50 PM EDT
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FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Hard to believe she could grow up to weigh as much as 2,400 pounds.

But this female bison calf is not nearly that hefty now. Born May 2, the calf is the newest resident of the West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek, according to a news release from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The calf joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center.

“A bison calf can walk almost immediately after birth, albeit a bit wobbly,” said Rob Silvester, wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Center. “It will begin to nurse within minutes as well. The calf will nurse for four to six months before beginning to nibble on grass and grain.”

Bison once were found in large numbers in West Virginia and across North America, but now are mostly found in captivity for display purposes or on public lands and ranches. They can weigh as much as 2,400 pounds when fully grown. The Wildlife Center has several adult bison as part of the facility’s exhibit.

"This is a great opportunity for the public to see a bison calf,” Silvester said. “If you want to see one in the wild, you’d have to go out West. This is a big event for the Wildlife Center, and we hope people will visit us over the spring and summer to help us celebrate.”



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