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Baby bison arrive at Fermilab

In the end, a dozen bison could be born

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A mother bison watches over her day-old calf as they bathe in the early-morning sun at Fermilab in Batavia on Tuesday. Several other calves are expected to be join the herd soon.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

A 2-day-old bison calf goes for a run under the watchful eye of its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. Calves were born Sunday and Monday, and another eight to 10 may be yet to come.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

A 1-day-old bison calf follows its mother and is trailed by his 1-year-old brother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

A newborn bison calf gets a bath from its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. The calves were born Sunday and Monday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

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It's a bouncing baby bison. And another. And another. Spring is birthing season for the resident bison herd at Fermilab in Batavia. The lab has 24 bison. It will sell any of the females born, to keep the number in the 20s, since only a part-time worker manages the herd, and to avoid inbreeding. Fermilab's first director, Robert Wilson, installed a herd in 1969.
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    • A mother bison watches over her day-old calf as they bathe in the early-morning sun at Fermilab in Batavia on Tuesday. Several other calves are expected to be join the herd soon.
    • A 2-day-old bison calf goes for a run under the watchful eye of its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. Calves were born Sunday and Monday, and another eight to 10 may be yet to come.
    • A 1-day-old bison calf follows its mother and is trailed by his 1-year-old brother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday.
    • A newborn bison calf gets a bath from its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. The calves were born Sunday and Monday.
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