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Baby Bison Welcomed into Scotland Herd

The newest addition to the Highland Wildlife Park's European Bison herd.
The newest addition to the Highland Wildlife Park's European Bison herd. (Image credit: Jon-Paul Orsi)

The herd of European Bison at Scotland's Highland Wildlife Park welcomed a new addition earlier this month: a bison calf was born on May Day (May 1).

These powerful animals are Europe's largest land mammal, with males, called bulls, weighing between a whopping 1,300 to 2,200 pounds (600 to 1,000 kilograms), and standing nearly 6.5 feet (2 meters) high at their shoulders. European bison (Bison bonasus) are considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The newborn bison will be named Glen Garry, under the park tradition of naming bison born there after Scottish glens. (Image credit: Jon-Paul Orsi)

The young calf will stay close to first-time mom, Glen Doll, who was herself born at the park in 2005. In keeping with the park's tradition that all bison born at the Park are named after Scottish glens, keepers have named him Glen Garry.

The calf will start venturing further and exploring his new surroundings soon.

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