By: BRAD BOE
"The birth of a white buffalo is said to be the fulfillment of age-old legends. It's a one in 60-million chance that a pure breed buffalo will be born white. And an even smaller chance that it's offspring will also be white, but a couple near Belle Fourche can now say they have a matched set."
Three years ago Jim & Dena Riley were surprised with a very special newcomer at their bison ranch...a white buffalo, who they now call Miracle Moon. And now that she's three years old, Miracle Moon has had her first baby... another white buffalo.
"I had no idea," says Dena. "But I'll tell ya, I was a very nervous mother & I didn't care what she had as long as she was safe."
Jim and Dena have named their new white buffalo Rainbow Spirit. "My husband saw a rainbow in the sky right after the birth so it was kind of appropriate to name her that," says Dena. The birth is significant to many because Native American cultures tell of a young woman who taught them how to use the buffalo for survival. When she left the people, she turned into a white buffalo & promised to return.
"When she returned it would be a time of chaos & disaster in the world," says Jim. "And when she returned it would be a time for all races to come together in peace, balance, & harmony, and bring healing to the world."
It is also said that this miracle would be born to a white couple in the center of the nation."