Or­phaned bi­son ‘Indy’ cel­e­brates first birth­day

Sum­merseat buf­falo bot­tle fed by vol­un­teers af­ter mother’s death

Maryland Independent - - News -

A spe­cial day of games and sur­prises is planned at Sum­merseat Farm on Sun­day, July 3, since it’s a first birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Indy, the or­phaned buf­falo, who was bot­tle fed by the vol­un­teers at the farm.

Be­cause he was born on July 1, so close to In­de­pen­dence Day, he was named Indy, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the non­profit farm. The ela­tion was short lived, how­ever, as his seem­ingly healthy mother passed away on July 4. The vol­un­teers at Sum­merseat were heart­bro­ken and left with only two choices: ei­ther eu­th­a­nize the baby or at­tempt to bot­tle feed him and hope for suc­cess.

The bi­son’s owner, Dick Wildes, took the lead in de­vel­op­ing a proper bot­tle for­mula and set up round-the-clock feed­ings. The Sum­merseat an­i­mal vol­un­teers took turns to make sure lit­tle Indy grew and thrived. Now he has out­grown some of the other bi­son ba­bies.

Another re­cent sur­prise sur­faced in the news that ev­ery­one was happy to hear. On May 14, the Na­tional Bi­son Legacy Act was signed into law, which is a new law mak­ing the Amer­i­can Bi­son, of­ten called buf­falo, the first na­tional mam­mal of the United States.

Sum­merseat hosts open houses on the first Sun­day of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The an­i­mal and farm area is open with guides to dis­cuss the an­i­mals; the manor house is open to tour; and vis­i­tors are free to wan­der the grounds, in­clud­ing the old ceme­tery, fish pond, gar­dens, gazebo, vine­yards, and buf­falo and sheep pas­tures.

Since this month’s open house falls on Indy’s birth­day week­end, this event will be a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion with cake for Indy, and ev­ery­one will sing “Happy Birth­day” to him at 1 p.m. En­joy a cup- cake, games, prizes and more.

Ad­mis­sion is $5 per fam­ily. Sum­merseat is lo­cated in Mechanicsville. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.sum­merseat.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Sum­merseat Farm will cel­e­brate the first birth­day of Indy, an or­phaned buf­falo, dur­ing an open house on July 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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