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Rare albino bison White Cloud passes away

An icon of Jamestown for nearly 20 years has passed away, according to the National Buffalo Museum.

White Cloud, the albino buffalo that was a fixture in the museum’s pasture from 1997 until her return to the ranch where she was born in May, died peacefully of old age Monday.

During White Cloud’s time in the museum herd, she was visited by an estimated 3 million people.

White bison are rare and considered sacred to indigenous peoples of North America, National Buffalo Museum Director Ilana Xinos wrote in a press release announcing the death.

Future plans include a full body mount for display at the museum.

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