Royal Gorge Bridge And Park: White Buffalo Born In Midst Of Wildfire Named 'Smokey' (PHOTOS)

Sometimes, even in the midst of a raging wildfire, there's a silver -- or in this case, white -- lining.

In the middle of the Royal Gorge Fire that would destroy 3,218 acres, evacuate a prison of nearly 1,000 inmates and destroy over 20 structures, a rare white buffalo calf was born in the park.

"He's a pretty white bull calf, sired by the park's nine-year-old white buffalo bull, Chief Silver Bullet," said Peggy Gair, public relations manager for Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

The bull calf was aptly named "Smokey," and born at 5:30 a.m. last Saturday.

According to Gair, about 25 percent of the park's calves are born white because of Chief Silver Bullet.

"The park's wildlife park has a small herd of buffalo, elk, and bighorn sheep, all miracleously survived the fire that swept through the park and across the Royal Gorge. They are all in very good shape, and are continued to be fed and watered until they can be safely moved," said Gair.

The day before the fire broke out, the park also welcomed a brown bull calf by the same father who was named "Fireball."

Responses to "'Miracle' rare white buffalo born at Royal Gorge Park"

  1. Very awesome, beautiful...

  2. Very awesome, beautiful...

  3. John says:

    Yes, Sacred Buffalo. I hope that the Indians have a Naming Ceremony for it at they are Sacred to the Native American Comunity.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is wonderful to hear that another Sacred Buffalo is born. I hope he has a long life, he is beautiful.

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  6. Angi_H says:

    Wonderful that there is a Sacred White Buffalo was born, In these hard times we need something like this.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well, it is burning there again tonight. 6/19/13. So let's hope that all the animals are alright.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where the Buffalo roam , I'll make it my home . I need a home , where our Buffalo will roam .

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