Bison laying in the dust


Born on a game farm for meat but abandoned by her mother, Bluebell came to Earthfire as a young calf. She has become the matriarch of our 20-acre pasture, tolerating zero interference from strangers of any species. Her grounding presence is felt throughout the property, but she melts into a (demanding) puddle when humans with healing hands touch her.

Animal Fact

"Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison so special is that they’re the pure descendants (free of cattle genes) of early bison that roamed our country’s grasslands" (US Department of the Interior).

Photos of Bluebell

Stories About Bluebell

Note: Many of our posts are collections of stories about multiple animals at Earthfire. The animal you’re looking for may not be shown in these post previews, but each post does contain a relevant story. 

White bison eating hay

Between getting ready for winter and speaking at a variety of events, we’ve been especially busy lately. But Dante Rios, our animal caretaker, has been delighting us with beautiful pictures...

Fox standing on a log

Foxes Sprite and Ghost got to enjoy some beautiful weather while stretching their legs in one of the animal gardens. Ghost took his cues from his elder at most turns,...

White chicken in a nesting box

Sally the Chicken was on the office porch as she often is, sunning herself, when something told me she wanted attention. When I bent to pet her, she tucked her...

Profile of a bison's head

Foffy the Mustang, Garrett the Farrier, and Bluebell the Displeased Bison Bluebell was not pleased. It is not good when Bluebell is not pleased. She is a massive, powerful, assertive...

Face of a young grizzly bear

I offered Teton a slice of fresh pineapple. He looked at it with disdain. Didn’t bother to even sniff it, just walked away. Stately. He is a mango and pear...

Face of a brown and black goat

Adrianna the goat wasn’t feeling well in the evening. She refused to get up. She had diarrhea. Worried, we called the vet. “Was she wormed? Was she vaccinated? Take her...

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