(NEWSnet/AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials said Friday a rare white buffalo has not been seen since its birth on June 4.

The birth of the bison, which follows a Lakota prophecy that portends better times, is the first recorded in Yellowstone history, park officials said.

A white bison in the wild occurs only once in every 1 million births, the park said.

Earlier this week, Native American leaders held a ceremony to honor the birth and give the name. Whether the calf, named Wakan Gli, is alive is unknown. Wakan Gli means “Return Sacred” in Lakota. 

Yellowstone confirmed the birth after receiving photos and reports from multiple park visitors, professional wildlife watchers, commercial guides and researchers. But staff members have not been able to find it and officials are not aware of additional confirmed sightings.

Rangers that work in the more accessible areas of the park and its back-country, have not seen the animal, park spokesperson Morgan Warthin said.

Young bison can fall victim to predators, river current, illness and other hazards.

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