BISMARCK, N.D. — An albino bison has returned to the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, though this time the famous animal’s body has been preserved in perpetuity.

White Cloud lived to be more than 20 years old but died last year. KQDJ radio reports she was stuffed by a taxidermist and returned to the museum this week.

The birth of an albino bison is a rare event considered sacred by many American Indians.

White Cloud over the past two decades has had 11 calves, including another white bison named Dakota Miracle. Another offspring of White Cloud, named Dakota Thunder, carries the albino gene and is the father of a third white buffalo, Dakota Legend.

More than three million museum visitors had seen White Cloud through the years when she was alive.

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