Animals and Prophecy

In many prophecies, the birth of rare animals represents a rebirth for humanity,
the sacred animals being harbingers of peace, as foretold by the ancients.

White Buffalo Births, Prophecies, and Mythology

The first recorded white buffalo in the US was in1833 when a white bison was killed by the Cheyenne during the Leonid Meteor Showers. The skin of this bison is hanging on the wall of Bent's Old Fort in Colorado. The Cheyenne killed this white bison White buffalo is an American bison (American buffalo) that is considered to be sacred signs in several Native American religions, and thus have great spiritual importance in those cultures and is visited for prayer and other religious ceremonies. Read more ... Wikipedia

Purple calf born in Serbia CNN - January 17, 2012

Purple calf born in Serbia brings Milka's iconic cow to life - January 17, 2012

Born in a village near to the city of Cacak, locals insist they have not seen a calf like this one before. The calf has quickly become the talk of the town and is incredibly popular with young children, who have been visiting the barn in their droves to catch a glimpse of the unusual offspring. The calf is said to be perfectly happy and healthy and vets have suggested the purple colouring is 'probably a matter of genetics', Serbian news channel PTC reported. 'We were surprised when we saw this calf's colors. So far, no cows in the world have adopted these colors,' said its owner.

But the Milka calf is not the only cow to attract the world's press of late. Last month six-year-old cow Beba gave birth to four 'miracle' calves in the central Serbian village of Sljivica, IGN reported. Cows usually give birth to just one calf at a time so this case was considered extremely rare. 'After we pulled out the first calf a neighbor told me he thought there were more,' owner Dragan Pavlovic explained. 'Soon the second calf came out, then third, then fourth, all males.'

White Buffalo Mythology

Legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman

Egyptian Book of the Dead - Chapter 84

... "A prophecy foretold that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a
sign that it would be near the time She would return to purify the world."

Other White Animals

  Why Are Some African Lions 'White?'   National Geographic - July 29, 2017

The news about African lions is usually dire these days, as the species dwindles across its range. But Thiessen K. Musaah from Nakuru, Kenya, gave us a welcome break with his question about coat color. Why, he asked, are lions in South Africa's Kruger National Park 'fawn to golden white' while their kin in the Kenya and Tanzania are fawn to golden brown? A known genetic mutation can create what's known as a white lion, which is technically lighter brown, not truly white, says Leslie Lyons, a feline geneticist at the University of Missouri.

  Rare White Moose Twins Caught on Camera   National Geographic - June 22, 2017

Out of more than a million moose across the Northern Hemisphere, two twin moose calves donŐt quite look like the rest. While taking a brief gander out of the woods, the two young, all-white moose were captured on video with their mother during a rare sighting in Norway. Large moose populations are found throughout northern Europe, and thousands currently live in Norway.

Pictures: Rare White Giraffe and Other Unusually Pale Animals   National Geographic - May 6, 2016

Albino and leucistic animals abound in the animal kingdom, from squirrels to crayfish.

Extremely Rare White Giraffe Spotted - What Would You Name Her?   National Geographic - January 26, 2016

Omo the white giraffe, as seen recently with her herd in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park.

One of a Kind: All-White Killer Whale Spotted   Live Science - April 24, 2012

A mature all-white male orca, the only one of its kind known, has been spotted in the North Pacific off the east coast of Russia, scientists announced Monday (April 23). After seeing its towering white dorsal fin breaking through the water's surface, the team named the distinctive beast "Iceberg." Researchers first spotted the mature killer whale with his pod of 13 relatives in August 2010 in waters around the Commander Islands; he was seen twice that month, and photographed. When the researchers, part of the Far East Russia Orca Project, returned during the summer of 2011, they couldn't find him.

Virginia: Stunning Images of Rare Albino Hummingbird   Discovery - January 30, 2012

An extremely rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird was photographed ...

All-white blackbird photographed   BBC - January 23, 2012

This unusual blackbird is attracting bird watchers to a Nottinghamshire country park. The bird is leucistic, which is a genetic mutation that prevents pigments from being deposited normally in its feathers. It has been residing for the last four years in the woodland of Rufford Abbey Country Park. Each year, observers say, it has steadily shed its black feathers for white feathers.

"White," Albino-like Penguin Found in Antarctica   National Geographic - January 13, 2012

Birds of a feather usually flock together - but not in the case of a rare "white" mutant penguin, spotted Monday in a chinstrap penguin colony in Antarctica. The "blonde" penguin, seen at the edge of one of the South Shetland Islands.

The All Black who's all white! Rare Kiwi chick a surprise Christmas gift for wildlife centre   Mail Online - December 28, 2011

This rare Kiwi chick is betraying its 'All Black' heritage - because his feathers are snow white. The flightless bird's unusual coloring gave keepers at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, New Zealand.

Rare white killer whale spotted in Alaska MSNBC - March 7, 2008

The white killer whale spotted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent researchers and the ship's crew scrambling for their cameras. The nearly mythic creature was real after all. The whale was spotted last month while scientists aboard the Oscar Dyson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship, were conducting an acoustic survey of pollock near Steller sea lion haulout sites. It had been spotted once in the Aleutians years ago but had eluded researchers since, even though they had seen many of the more classic black and white whales over the years.

Fearnbach said the white whale stood out. "When you first looked at it, it was very white," she said. Further observation showed that while the whale's saddle area was white, other parts of its body had a subtle yellowish or brownish color. It likely is not a true albino given the coloration, said John Durban, a research biologist at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. That's probably a good thing - true albinos usually don't live long and can have health problems. Durban said white killer whales have been spotted elsewhere in the area twice before: in 1993 in the northern Bering Sea around St. Lawrence Island and in 2001 near Adak in the central Aleutians. There have also been sightings along the Russian coast. While Alaska researchers have documented thousands of black and white killer whales in the Bering Sea and the Aleutians during summer surveys, this was something new and exciting, Durban said. "This is the first time we came across a white killer whale," he said. The scientists observed several pods over a two-week period. The white whale was in a family group of 12 on a day when the seas were fairly rough. It was spotted about 2 miles off Kanaga Volcano on Feb. 23.

Albino Mountain Goat Spotted in Mila, Italy

This photo released by the Regione Autonoma Valle D'Aosta, shows an albino mountain goat with its mother pictured Sunday, June 24, 2007, by Forest rangers in the Les Laures valley in the Val d'Aosta region, in the northwestern Italian Alps. Rangers following up on reports of sightings by hikers snapped photos of the albino Capra ibex, also known as steinbock, climbing with its mother at an altitude of about 3,000 meters (10,000 feet). This is the only one ever documented, the only one ever seen, said Christian Chioso, a regional wildlife official. He said albinism is rare in any species and has not been previously documented among the Capra ibex, a type of wild mountain goat with large curved horns that lives in craggy mountainous areas. Chioso estimated that the animal is about a year old.

Story 2 - Milan, Italy (AP) - Forest rangers in the northern Italian Alps have confirmed for the first time the existence of an albino mountain goat and named him "Snowflake." Rangers took photos of the albino capra ibex climbing with its mother Sunday at about 10,000 feet above the Les Laures valley in the northwestern Val d'Aosta region, said Christian Chioso, a regional wildlife official. "This is the only one ever documented, the only one ever seen," Chioso said by telephone on Monday. He said albinism is rare in any species and has not been previously documented among the capra ibex, a type of wild mountain goat with large curved horns that lives in mountainous areas. Chioso estimated the albino animal is about a year old. Hikers had been reporting seeing a white animal at higher elevations for months, and forest rangers have been keeping a lookout, Chioso said. The goat was seen near the boundaries of the Big Paradise National Park, which was established to protect the species. Chiaso said about 4,000 wild mountain goats populate the park.

Norway: White moose sparks debate Aftenposten - October 6, 2006

The striking sight of a white moose in the forests of Ostfold prompted a call for protection as the hunting season nears, but experts insisted the animal be shot. The moose hunting season starts on Thursday, and hunting parties in the Ostfold area where the rare albino moose has been sighted have asked that the animal be protected. Jon Arnemo, professor at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH), said that the albino moose was a rarity, though not a sensation.

It is estimated that there are about 450,000 moose in Scandinavia, of which about a third are shot every year. There are usually reports of one white moose every year. These animals are rarely very old. Their lack of pigmentation makes them more exposed to predators like wolves and they often have inferior sight or hearing. It was not yet certain that the sighted moose was a genuine albino, with a total lack of pigment and red eye, or a 'common' moose without pigmentation.

Discovery of a rare white Tree Hedgehog BBC - January 25, 2006

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise! That's right folks, we once told you white squirrels exist and you believed us. Now we are asking you to suspend disbelief once more, after the discovery of a rare white Tree Hedgehog! We kid you not! It must have been there for centuries.

Rare White Giraffe Photographed in Tanzia, Africa National Geographic - September 9, 2005

He had only a ghost of a chance, but after more than a decade of searching, a wildlife researcher has captured proof of a white giraffe. In this photo released September 6, the unusual beast and its companions stroll through a wilderness preserve in the African country of Tanzania.

Albino Persian Fallow Deer - Google

Red Heifer in Judiasm

In Judaism, the red heifer (Hebrew parah adumah) is a heifer that is sacrificed and whose ashes are used for the ritual purification of people who came into contact with a corpse. A heifer is a young cow before she has had her first calf.

In the Bible: According to Numbers 19:2: Speak unto the Children of Israel that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. The animals will not have hairs of any other color, it must be in perfect health, and it must never have been used to perform work. The cow is then brought to an altar built to the east of the Temple Mount, where it is slaughtered and burned. Cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet are added to the fire, and the remaining ash is placed in a vessel containing pure water. In order to purify a person who has become ritually contaminated by contact with a corpse, water from the vessel is sprinkled on him, using a bunch of hyssop, on the third and seventh day after the contamination took place (Numbers 19:19). The priests who have performed the ritual then become impure themselves. Read more ...

One of the biblical conditions for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem may have perhaps been met recently when a red heifer was discovered in the United States. In January 2014 a red heifer was born to a cow herding family in an undisclosed location in the US, who wish to see the animal used for the purity service during the preparations for the rebuilding of the Third Temple. Read more

Red Heifer Born in Israel

March 2002 - a red heifer was born in Israel. The heifer's owner contacted the Temple Institute on Friday, April 5th, 2002. Rabbi Menachem Makover and Rabbi Chaim Richman traveled to the farm where the heifer lives to inspect and validate her status. The rabbis found her to be kosher and were satisfied that this heifer could indeed be a candidate to be used in the process of purification described in the book of Numbers, chapter 19. This is a prerequisite for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Tradition records that a red heifer in our generation is a herald of the Messianic era. It is certainly an important development towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Our sages taught that Israel's redemption can be compared to the dawn. "In the beginning, it progresses very slowly...but as it continues, it grows brighter and brighter."