A bison was caught on video celebrating the first day of spring on Wednesday with a “happy dance” at the North Carolina Zoo.
An American Bison in North Carolina picked up the first day of spring by the horns on Wednesday and celebrated the end of winter with a “happy dance.”
The 800-pound beast galloped and bucked its way across an open prairie before dropping to the ground to roll around in the chewed-up grass and mud in a 48-second video clip of the North Carolina Zoo posted on Facebook.
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The dancing bison is called a Calf, ” zoo spokeswoman Debbie Foster Fuchs told the Charlotte Observer. She is one of the zoo’s four American Bison, a small herd, which consists of all women between 10 and 20 years old. The others are with the name Libby, Lucy and Nohorn, which literally has no horns.
Although the American Bison tend to be large, measuring 5 1/2 feet tall and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds, they can be surprisingly quick on their feet, achieve run speeds of 40 km / h, according to the zoo’s website. The animals also use their head as a plow in the winter to dig up plants buried under the snow.
The video garnered nearly 100,000 views and over 1,000 shares on Thursday morning, about 24 hours after it was first published.
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Fuchs told the newspaper this was not the first occasion that a bison felt the need to dance. Last summer, Lucy was recorded for the take up of rapper Drake’s “Kiki” dance challenge.