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Baby bison born at Marshfield Zoo


Some furry friends were welcomed to the Marshfield Zoo on Friday. Two bison calves were born, each to different mothers.

They may not be doing a whole lot, but those calves, born just days ago, are grabbing a lot of attention.

"They look so cute," 5-year-old Lilly Pulvermacher of Marshfield said.

Pulvermacher came to check out the new calves, and she says they were just too adorable.

"They sort of look like a lion when they're born, but when they grow up they'll look like their mom and dad," Pulvermacher.

Zoo leaders say each calf weighs around 60 pounds. They say when they are fully grown they will weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

"It's very exciting, people enjoy it," Marshfield Parks Supervisor Ben Steinbach said.

The two bison calves were born just hours apart, each to a different mom.

"This year we had two on the same day, which is kind of unusual," Steinbach said.

Another bison may be pregnant, with another possible calf on the way. But zoo leaders say it may just be some extra winter weight.

"They think they're going to have three," Pulvermacher said.

"We're expecting another one here, it could be any day. Typically they're born within 1-2 weeks of each other," Steinbach said.

Wildwood Park now has seven bison all together. Zoo leaders say that's normal for them.

"Typically our herd is anywhere between 5-8 bison," Steinbach said.

Zoo officials say they haven't been able to get close enough to determine if the calves are male or female. And while they don't have names, one thing is for sure, "they're adorable," Pulvermacher said.

Zoo leaders say a naming contest will soon be posted on Facebook. 

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