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Extremely rare baby white bison born in Belgrade zoo
The Belgrade Zoo welcomed this week one of the rarest animals in the world, a white baby bison. "The white bison is a very rare natural phenomenon,” said Srboljub Aleksic, director of the Belgrade zoo. “According to some information, just one in several million is born white. Here, a baby female was born. She apparently has her father's genes - we have a white bison who was brought to our zoo in 2007 as a baby, just as she is now. It is a real attraction." The baby was given a traditional Slavic female name, Dusanka, derived from "dusa" meaning “soul.” "In some Native American tribes it is regarded as a holy animal and it is believed that, when a white bison is born, the year will be a year of opulence, happiness and prosperity, so we hope it will bring us that luck,” Aleksic added. Dusanka was fathered by another white bison at the zoo. The bison, Jovan, arrived as a baby in 2007. Zoo officials said the new calf is healthy and already weighs 40kg (88lb), while an adult bison can weigh more than 600kg (1320lb). The U.S. National Bison Association estimates that just one in 10 million bison births produce a white calf. Millions of bison once roamed North America - until excessive hunting threatened their survival.