Meet the newest edition to the herd at Fermilab. This 50 pound two and a half foot tall baby bison was born on April 26th, making it the first baby of the season at Fermilab.
“This is about the time every year where this happens where we’re baby bison are born in the herd and it’s always really exciting. It’s a really big attraction for the public as well, they love to come in and see the new baby bison,” said Andre Salles, Media Relations Manager at Fermilab.
As a groundbreaking physics facility, you might not expect to come upon a herd of bison when you visit. But, that was all part of the plan for Fermilab’s first Director Robert Wilson who established the herd in 1969.
“He wanted it to be something of a metaphor for the frontier for our scientists to remember to be sort of at the edge of things, pushing everything as far as we can go, and the bison, they’re frontier animals, so they’re just a good reminder of that, plus they’re just really cool,” said Salles.
Today 18 bison roam over 1,000 acres of fields at Fermilab, and now, they, just like the scientists there, are pioneers of a sort themselves.
“Bison have been bred with cattle, so there was some speculation that our bison were not 100 percent bison, so we did some genetic testing earlier this year and found out that they are, they are purebred bison which is even more of a rarity,” said Salles.
There could be up to 14 more bison born this season.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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