This little one was a bundle of energy and joy as it bounded along the shores of the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park this past spring. And, no wonder! It and three other little ones had just survived a rather harrowing and dramatic crossing of the fast-moving river. Honestly it was a break taking scene that I will never forget.
While they are part of the same family that includes the European and African buffalo, the Bison is its own, distinct species. It is believed they were called buffalo by early North American explorers due to their resemblance to the Old-World species. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.”