New Arrivals

A young bison and his mother in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

In late May, a young bison and his mother began their morning by the hay stack in the first field of The Bison and Elk Enclosure. The young bison was trying to rest. His mother was eating hay and grass and unceremoniously moving him from one spot to another.

The young bison walked or ran a little and then lay down in the grass to nap and eat whatever grass was within his resting reach. There was a second young bison further away from the fence. The two young bison have different mothers.

A young bison in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

A young bison in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

A young bison in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

A young bison and his mother in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

A young bison and his mother in Jester Park, Iowa, May 24, 2018.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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18 Responses to New Arrivals

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    Now that is cute. Little bison is just enjoying life. Very nice video.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the young bison. πŸ™‚ The video is my favorite part of this post. πŸ™‚ He was trying to take a nap and wiggling his ears around to keep off the bugs. Every time he got settled, his mother came along and nudged him to a different spot. I think she wanted to keep him close by and she was busy eating hay and then grass. The bison eat a lot and have to keep moving to new grass.

  2. urzre says:

    Pure tenderness!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the young bison and his mother. πŸ™‚ It was a quiet early morning and I was lucky enough to be a part of their world for a little while.

  3. zirah1 says:

    Hope the little one is okay. Maybe he/she was so new/young a lot of rest was needed, because I expected more “frolicking” about, but may that came later after nap time? Interesting marking/coloring on the baby’s head. Will that change w/ age?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I was out at the park last weekend and on Wednesday. I saw both of the young bison up and about. They were too far away for photos or videos. They looked like they were doing well. πŸ™‚ I am not sure when they were born. I saw them for the first time on May 19th. There were stretches of time when I didn’t visit the park this spring due to the weather. There are hills and valleys in the three fields and the bison can be where I can’t see them. Last summer, there were two young bison as well. I watched them as they grew. I didn’t end up with very many photos since they were where I couldn’t see them or too far away most of the time. The few photos from last summer are in the post “Growing Up.” It would be interesting and fun to have videos of them running around and interacting when they are young. I was hoping to take some this last week to include in this post, but they were too far away. I will be keeping an eye on them when I visit the park with the hope for more photos and videos now and as they grow up. πŸ™‚

      • zirah1 says:

        Thanks for the info and update. I look forward to more news as the youngsters grow. And it sounds like the young bison in this post was just feeling a bit tired the day you visited. I was actually concerned that maybe something was wrong w/ him physically that was making him need to lie down so much.

        • Sarah says:

          I think he was just sleepy. πŸ™‚ I hope to have a part 2 to this post with video of them running around and being energetic youngsters. πŸ™‚ There are a couple of places in the fields where I can see them well enough for photos and videos. I was out there this morning. They were behind one of the hills in the 3rd field. I only saw them when I was leaving. The 3rd field is the one with the pond and observation deck where I took the video of the younger elk splashing in the water. πŸ™‚ It is very hot right now so they are probably all hanging out in the water today. It is hard to imagine today that two months ago on the 15th of April, it was snowing! I can adjust to the heat given time. This year, the transition from cold to hot happened so fast that I feel disoriented. There are lots of pretty flowers blooming in the garden right now and more on the way. I am collecting up as many images of them as I can. My flower identification skills are growing. πŸ™‚

          • zirah1 says:

            I can totally relate to the extreme change of weather….we had an extremely cold, long winter and then almost w/in a week or two shifted into full out summer. Hot here and supposed to be even hotter this next week. p. s. I look forward to seeing your flower pics…..and hopefully video tape of romping bison youngsters at some point. Have a nice weekend. πŸ™‚

  4. Oh these babies are so adorable, Sarah. The peace and tranquility both seen and felt … ! Thank you for sharing this post. This post really touched my “Mommy button”. Beautifully captured! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the young bison. πŸ™‚ It was a peaceful morning. I walked up to the fence quietly and slowly. It is the closest I have been to a young bison both this year and last year.

      • They are amazing! We don’t have bison here so it excites me to see animals like this. I could sense the peace in your pictures. 😘

        • Sarah says:

          I was really excited the first time I saw the bison at the park a couple of years ago. I thought I was going to need to travel to Yellowstone National Park, a place I would like to visit, to see them and there they were only a 40 minute drive away. πŸ™‚

  5. So wonderful to see all the bison and know that there is a future for the youngsters.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the young bison. πŸ™‚ I saw all of the bison swimming this morning which was quite a sight. I wasn’t quick enough for photos and videos of the event, but maybe I will be lucky and see it again later. The little ones were keeping up. πŸ™‚ They are a little larger now and their fur has changed from orange-brown to yellow-brown.

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