The birth of a white buffalo on a North Texas ranch earlier this year caused quite a stir and garnered world wide news coverage. The ranch has recently been closed to visitors because of the blistering summer heat but it's about to reopen. In this week's Lone Star Adventure FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to Hunt County and the Lakota Ranch.
Born during a thunderstorm, the pure white male bison male is sacred in Indian tradition. The animal was named Lightning Medicine Cloud in a special ceremony in June. Thousands of people came to Arby Little Soldier's Lakota Ranch outside of Greenville for the ceremony and they continue to come to see the calf.
In the weeks after the naming ceremony, Little Soldier opened his ranch for a few hours Thursdays through Saturdays. The scorching heat forced him to shut down visitation through August. His plan is to open again in September and to hold monthly special programs through November.
Little Soldier says he's getting a lot of offers to take Lightning Medicine Cloud on the road to stock shows and the like. But, for now, he and his wife have decided it's best for the calf to stay home for scheduled events and by-appointment group outings.
The Little Soldiers have been determined that the animal not become a tourist attraction but rather a pilgrimage of sorts and a celebration of Indian culture. They say Lightning Medicine Cloud's birth is a blessing.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to share our honor and privilege with everybody else. Letting everybody see him," said Little Soldier.
You can find information about visiting Lighting Medicine Cloud on the Lakota Ranch website.
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