The rare animal is said to occur just once in ten million births.
The buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, was thought to be sacred by the local Lakota Native American community. The heinous crime is now being investigated with help from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Indian Council.
The buffalo’s owner, Arby Little Soldier, who was away when the crime occurred, described the animal as “the hope of all nations.”
“My people – my brothers, my sisters – are hurt for what has happened here at this ranch,” Little Soldier said. “You don’t think things like this are going to happen to such a sacred animal, a sacred family.”
The calf’s mother was also found dead.
Little Soldier hopes to bury Lightning Medicine Cloud with his mother and father along a tree line. The calf’s father was struck by lightning a month ago.
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