Bearizona welcomes baby white bison born on Independence Day

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- Bearizona Wildlife Park welcomed a baby white bison born on Independence Day.

This is the first bison birth of the season.

In honor of the special event, staff decided to name the young bison “Independence” or "Indi" for short.

Indi can be seen by vistitors who take the drive-thru trip through the park, which is approximately three miles long.

“The bison was born around 11:15 a.m. in the American White Bison enclosure, which is a 30 acre beautiful meadow area,”  according to the park’s Head Animal Keeper, Jennifer Johnson.

Johnson and a handful of lucky guests were able to watch the bison being born, a labor that took about 10-15 minutes. 

“It was amazing, as soon as the bison was born all of the other bison, including the male came over and surrounded it to clean it off and Indi was trying to walk within minutes,” Johnson said.
 
Most bison babies can walk or run within a few hours of being born. Adult bison can grow to be 5 to 6.5 feet tall and weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds.  When the need arises Bison can run at speeds of 40 miles per hour.