Like the albino moose, a white buffalo is rare animal and considered sacred by some Native American tribes. An estimated one in 10 million buffalo is born with the rare genetic trait.
Last year, two white buffalo were born, one at a ranch in Connecticut and another in Minnesota. Although the Minnesota calf died as a result of an injury, the calf in Connecticut survived and participated in a sacred ceremony where he was given the name Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy.
When foul play occurs in the death of one of these animals, it makes the news. In 2011, the mysterious death of a Texas white buffalo known as Lightning Medicine Cloud, in which the calf was brutally killed and skinned, sparked a months-long search for answers. Although foul play was initially suspected, a bacterial infection proved to be the cause of death.