European bison in the reserve have their first calf, and wild horses drew attention to it

2016 - 05 - 16

The first calf was born today in the herd of European bison living in the reserve in the former military area of Milovice, located near Prague. This endangered species managed to procreate just a few months after a new breed was created at the end of 2015.

Unusual behaviour in the herd of wild horses drew attention to the baby European bison. The horses were alerted and kept staring at one single place. And this was where the European bison female had delivered her calf.

The fact that a calf was born had instant repercussions in the behaviour of the European bison herd. The male began to be increasingly protective of the herd and was more nervous. The mother of the calf is the oldest and leading female in the herd, Podstolina II, who was born in the Polish reserve of Pszczyna in 2007.

The birth of the calf meant another world first. The nature reserve in the former military area of Milovice near Prague has become the very first reserve in the world where all three key species of original large European ungulates have procreated.

In recent weeks, fourteen wild horse foals and four back-bred aurochs calves have been born. “The fact that we were the first to succeed in reproducing all three key species of large European ungulates in one single reserve is proof that the animals fare really well in the former military area,” said Dalibor Dostal, director of European Wildlife conservation organization.

Photo: Michal Köpping

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