“Bison herders” working on the project discovered the new addition to the herd in September, the news release said. But they chose not to announce the birth until October to ensure the baby was healthy and out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
The birth was a welcome sight to rangers, who were unaware that one of the female bison was pregnant when they were released into the wild.
“Pregnancy in bison is difficult to detect because they naturally hide their calves from predators,” said bison keeper Tom Gibbs. And pregnant bison are often able to travel without negative effects on their health, he added.
“We always expected bison to breed, but it’s fair to say we didn’t anticipate it so soon.”
He added that the rangers team will carefully monitor the health of the mother and the calf, keeping them “as hands-off as possible”.
The calf is already learning bison behavior from the rest of the herd, taking dust baths and playing in the rain, according to the charity.
The British herd will soon be joined by a male bison from Germany, according to Kent, so more babies could be on the way.