Baby white buffalo will be named Lighting Medicine Cloud.
Updated: Friday, 04 May 2012, 5:20 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 04 May 2012, 5:20 PM EDT
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a rare white buffalo on a North Texas ranch just days shy of its first birthday.
Lakota Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier says he found the buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, dead Monday. The buffalo's mother was found dead the next day.
Thousands attended a naming ceremony last year to celebrate the unusual calf's May 12 birth.
According to Lakota Sioux lore, the goddess of peace once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf.
Arby Little Soldier says the calf "was the hope of all nations." He said a birthday celebration planned this month will be a memorial instead.
Hunt County sheriff's officials didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
Arby Little Soldier says a $5,000 reward for information is being offered.