A Montana photographer has a picture she will not forget after photographing a rare white bison calf in Yellowstone National Park, Fox 4 KDFW reports:

“Erin Braaten said the moment happened on June 4 in the Lamar Valley section of the national park.

“‘As we were driving down the road, I could see something really light in color,’ Braaten told FOX Television Stations. ‘At first glance I thought it might be a coyote.’

“‘There were bison crossing the river and the road, so we were stuck in traffic for a few minutes so I decided to look at the ‘coyote’ through my camera and discovered that it wasn’t a coyote but a white bison calf,’ she added.

“Braaten said she wasn’t focused capturing anything special for her viewers other than the animal’s beauty.

“‘We were all in awe of this rare, unique little calf that had just been born. I was just trying to enjoy the moment,’ she added. ‘I feel very blessed that we were able to see something so special and being able to share it with my family and later with others.’

“What is the Lakota prophecy?

“A white buffalo calf is the most sacred living thing on earth, according to some Native Americans who believe that that the birth of a white calf happens in the most unexpected places, often among the poorest of people.

“The Lakota prophecy portends better times, but it’s also a signal that more must be done to protect the earth and its animals.

“‘The birth of this calf is both a blessing and warning. We must do more,’ said Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and the Nakota Oyate in South Dakota, and the 19th keeper of the sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe and Bundle.”

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