Orphaned bison ‘Indy’ celebrates first birthday
Summerseat buffalo bottle fed by volunteers after mother’s death
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.
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.