Baby Bison Spreads Excitement at San Angelo State Park
SAN ANGELO, TX -- The San Angelo State Park welcomed a new resident this week with the first public appearance of a new baby bison.
Herd Manager Bill Guffy told San Angelo LIVE! the baby bison was likely born "eight or nine days ago," but the herd usually keeps their newborns in the brush after they're born.
The baby bison was first seen on Wednesday and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Twitter account shared some of the bison's first moments out in the open.
Guffy said there's a bull with the herd at all times, so a newborn bison is a yearly thing. It usually happens in May of each year, he said.
Bison, which are typically found in the plains, are born with red hair. Guffy said that's Mother Nature's work to camoflauge the defenseless baby against it's natural predators.
"The plains are normally dry grass," Guffy said. "So, it'll hide in the grass from predators until older, darker and fully mobile."
Along with the herd of longhorns, the bison herd attracts a crowd to the park.
"The longhorns and bison are a big attraction. Everyone wants to see the calves and baby bison," Guffy said. "There's a lot of excitement."
Entry to the park is $4 and they're open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday.
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