Miracle a momma again
Once-white buffalo gives birth to second calf

By Jeff Bollier
Beloit Daily News staff writer

Beloit Daily News
August 19, 2000


There's another miracle on the Heider farm.

David and Val Heider are the owners of Miracle, the once-white buffalo said to fulfill a Native American prophesy, and now, a somewhat smaller Miracle.

Miracle gave birth to its second calf, Lady Miracle, at 12:25 p.m. Friday.

``The baby's doing fine, the mother's doing fine,'' David Heider of rural Janesville said. ``We do believe it's a girl. It's about 40 pounds, which is about normal size for a buffalo (calf).''

Lady Miracle, who will be referred to simply as ``Lady'' to avoid confusion between the two Miracles, is light brown in color.

Miracle mated with the calf's father in November, and the Heider's thought their second Miracle would come into the world as early as June.

Lady's mother also will share the spotlight with her new calf this weekend. Miracle, the elder, turns 6 years old on Sunday.

Heider said the farm will be open to the public, and there will be a ceremony held at 10 a.m. as well as a day-long celebration of both mother and child.

The Heider's farm is located at 2739 S. River Road, in rural Janesville.

Thousands of people flock to the rural Janesville farm every year to see Miracle, even though her coat is no longer white.

Miracle was born white. According to Native American folklore, a white buffalo would unite humanity. The buffalo would then turn black, red and yellow - the colors of the people of the world.

Miracle competed those color changes in 11 months. It is predicted the buffalo will turn white again when there is peace in the world.

Miracle is not new to motherhood.

In May, 1998, Miracle gave birth to Millennium, a reddish-brown calf.
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