Baby bison makes three

There’s a new addition to the crew of animals at Roosevelt Park Zoo. It’s a female, as-of-yet unnamed, baby bison.

According to Ann Olson, staff veterinarian at Roosevelt Park Zoo, the baby bison was born Oct. 14, to parents Ole and Lena. The plan is to keep the bison family at the zoo, she added, but they will have to see how it goes.

Ole and Lena came from the Woodall family in Granville, Olson said. The Woodall family helped evacuate the bison and elk from the zoo during the 2011 Souris River flood, she added. When Ole and Lena first arrived at Roosevelt Park Zoo, Olson said they spent a lot of their time away from the fence and close to the back of the exhibit near the barn. Over the summer, though, they ventured closer to the fence, she said.

“They have definitely tamed down quite a bit,” Olson said. “They are very mild-mannered and quiet.”

The male bison weighs about 2,500 pounds, Olson said, while the female weighs about 1,100 pounds. The baby bison is expected to weigh somewhere around 1,100 pounds when she reaches maturity. Their diet consists mainly of hay and pellets.

So far, the baby’s time at Roosevelt Park Zoo has been going well and

without any issues. Olson said the staff made a little bed with straw and hay in the barn when the baby was ready to be born.

“She’s been enjoying the sunny days that we’ve had,” she added.

The zoo is still open, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.