Spiritual White Bison by Larry Trupp

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Captured as is in Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi w Sigma 150mm-500mm TV 1/800 AV 11.0 ISO 2000 Focal Length 500mm

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The Assiniboine Park Zoo is now home to two new White Bison calves, both born in the spring of 2009. This one is full grwn now. 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:
1…They may be albinos, in which case they will remain unpigmented throughout their lives, and may also have hearing and vision problems.
2…They may be leucistic, with white fur but blue eyes, instead of the pink seen in albinos.
3…They may have a rare genetic condition which causes a buffalo to be born white, but to become brown within a year or two as it matures.
They may be beefalo, a bison–cattle crossbreed, and thus have inherited the white coloration from their cattle ancestry.

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

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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Comments

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Great closeup, Yes I have often heard that the white buffalo has long been considered sacred by the native americans

  • Good Morning Byron
    Your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    I love this image….

  • Good Morning Sharon
    Your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Beautiful image Larry. It is the kind that makes me jealous.
    Bob

  • Good Morning Bob
    Your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenover 1 year ago

    Hi Larry
    Great close up shot, very lucky!! Have a good Easter .
    Regards
    Rod.

  • Good Morning Rodney
    Your comments are appreciated BTW

    – Larry Trupp

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
    .

  • Good Morning Ann
    Acceptance, and your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 1 year ago

    Awesome detail Larry.

  • Good Morning Al
    Your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

  • I appreciate acceptance…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    March 30, 2013

    *Beautiful work!!

  • Good morning Teresa
    I appreciate the Feature
    I am honored, and delighted…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 1 year ago

    Great image Larry. You’re fortunate to be able to capture these rare creatures. This reminds me of a movie with Charles Bronson about a white buffalo. Anyway, hope you and Marg have a HAPPY EASTER. >Ron<

  • Good Morning Ron
    Your comments are appreciated BTW
    As well as the courtesy of a fave…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • MidnightMelody
    MidnightMelodyover 1 year ago

    Great animal portrait!

  • Good Morning Kathryn
    Your comments are appreciated BTW …Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

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