'Red Dog' Baby Bison Leave Onlooker Awestruck in Yellowstone

A number of bison calves were spotted trotting alongside adult counterparts in Yellowstone National Park, footage posted to Facebook on May 7 shows.

This video was shot by Cindy Shaffer, a Montana native who regularly posts footage from visits to Yellowstone.

She told Storyful that this was filmed as the group were “running by Undine Falls”, in Wyoming.

Shaffer, who can be heard calling the calves “red dogs” in the footage, added that the young bison were “so much fun to see” up close.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), bison calves “tend to be born from late March through May and are orange-red in color,” earning them the nickname “red dogs.”

The NPS website adds, “After a few months, their hair starts to change to dark brown and their characteristic shoulder hump and horns begin to grow.” Credit: Cindy Shaffer via Storyful

Video transcript

CINDY SHAFFER: Here they come, all the little red dogs. How cute is that? So adorable. Here they come, all the little red dogs. How cute is that? So adorable. Here they come, all the little red dogs. How cute is that? So adorable.

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