Rare white buffalo dies at central Minn. ranch

Avon, Minnesota (AP) August 2012

A rare white buffalo calf has died at a central Minnesota ranch.

The calf named Baby passed away at Countryside Buffalo Ranch in Avon (AY’-vahn).

The white heifer was born July 4 on the ranch run by Steve and Carol Sarff.

Carol Sarff tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/MIClyP) she noticed on July 18 that the calf seemed to have injured its hip. She and her husband put the calf in a barn where it was cooler and contacted the veterinarian.

Steve Sarff says heat causes flies to swarm around buffalo, and he suspects the calf may have been inadvertently kicked by its mother.

White buffalo are considered as rare as one in 10 million, and are a spiritual symbol to some American Indian tribes.