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Featured Photography on RB Explore..15 October 2012
Captured as is at the Zoo in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Canon XTi, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS AV 9.0 Shutter Speed 1/500 IS0 200, Focal Length 380mm
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The Assiniboine Park Zoo is now home to two new White Bison calves, both born in the spring of 2009. The birth of a White Buffalo (and not an albino, which is usualy blind and dies at an early age) is a rare event. It occurs as a result of a recessive mutation that leaves the hair follicules without the dark pigment millanin. This genetic trait is similar to what occurred in the evolution of the white Polar Bear in Siberia, over 250,000 years ago. Due to its remarkable appearance and rarity over the centuries, a White Buffalo became a powerful spirit, in First Nation’s Plains cultures of the (Dakota, Lakota and others) The Buffalo was the foundation of the way of life to the Native People of North America. It provided food, material for their homes, clothing, fuel, tools and great symbolism
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