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May 5, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

White Buffalo Calf. Silent silver moon.

Less than a year old, the Lakota Buffalo Ranch’s rare White Buffalo Calf, Lightning Medicine Cloud, is once again in the news.

It’s dead.

The rituals and songs in its honor are even sadder because of circumstances of the death.

The White Buffalo Calf’s guardian, Arby Little Soldier, and his wife returned from a trip to find not only slaughtered, but skinned.

So somewhere there’s a fine white buffalo pelt being traded or sold.

The hide’s story is bound to be embellished with magic and hints of great power.

They buyer might beware and consider it was obtained by violence – not in reverence with prayers – ripped off an innocent juvenile.

There might be an angry mother buffalo spirit following it also? The calf’s mother was killed, too.

Oddly, the calf’s father was struck by lightning about a month ago. Long enough for him to have his hooves well under him in the spirit world.

(If you’ve ever been in front of a charging angry buffalo, you might understand the power there. Yellowstone National Park can offer you that experience. A must do. Gain some perspective.)

A sacred animal slaughtered.

(When they started stealing the copper wire from churches – and the bronze vases from cemeteries to sell for pennies, you though it couldn’t get any more depraved and despicable.)

Arby Little Soldier pragmatically told local media: “He was the hope of all nations. You have taken the inner spirituality. You tried to stop what we’re bringing back to ya’ll, but you just opened the doors to release the message to all people.”

Greenville, Texas is stunned.

An entire family of promise, dead.

Odd, the timing? So many things occurring at once. The alignment of sun, moon, and earth.

And, of course, all the coincidental conglomeration of celebrations this weekend: Cinco de Mayo, 138th Kentucky Derby, 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival In Houston, Free Comic Book Day (comics/graphic novels sometimes aren’t “funny” but address serious social issues), and, of course, the feared anticipated motorcycle “Biker Beach Bash” riot planned for Surfside.

And that celestial event with the moon appearing bigger than usual tonight – a special Supermoon.

Guess everyone can still celebrate.

What this small violent death means is unclear.

(I mean, it’s just a big dumb animal. Cows drop dead all the time)

Just one small event –

one inhumane act –

one little sadness.

The thing is, if you keep piling small pebbles (each one insignificant in itself) into a boat, eventually it will flounder and sink.

So with that, I leave you to ponder on your own.


Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Watch news video of the story here.

Related posts for Lightning Medicine Cloud, the White Buffalo Calf:

“Dark Sky. Bright Stars. White Buffalo” (VIDEO links/pictures. White Buffalo calf is born during a storm. Protected by herd – and Lakota Native Americans. Odd coincidences at the time. It’s not an albino calf – that’s a whole different thing.)

“White Buffalo. Storm Born. Named in Hope” (VIDEO links. Naming ceremony. Whope, the Lakota goddess of peace. Traditional Lakota Sioux legends. And more about Lightning Medicine Cloud and the previous White Buffalo calves.

Watch the NASA VIDEOMay 5, 2012 Supermoon. (great pictures. science, and legends)


  1. robstroud / May 5 2012 4:06 pm

    I just read heard this on the news a moment ago. So sad. The people who would perpetrate a crime such as this deserve very long sentences indeed.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 3:33 pm

      Terrible incident. All you can do is hope there is a complicated plan beyond your comprehension – and that things happen as they must for a reason. Thanks for joining the group


  2. rumpydog / May 5 2012 4:07 pm

    How sad…. one can only hope for the demise of humanity…. it’s the only hope for saving the Earth


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 3:30 pm

      Not hard ti understand why man is considered a thoughtless destroyer by some. Thanks, Rumpy


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  4. jwms1 / May 5 2012 4:17 pm

    😦 So sad.


  5. BuddhaKat / May 5 2012 4:18 pm

    What a reverent look at the violent close to the very special youth, embodied in this young white buffalo. May his ancestors guide him as he enters the spirit world, so young, even for this world of the flesh.
    May his untimely death bring forgiveness and hope of resurrection, to a world sadly in need of hope.
    It is, indeed, a weekend of much significance and symbolism.

    in sadness,


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 3:38 pm

      Just one little guy. A world far too brutal. Clouds tried to obscure the moon last night, but it still broke through. Life is kinda like that? Appreciate your comments


  6. birdieruns / May 5 2012 4:25 pm

    Well, I come from South Africa and the horror that people inflict on animals there would make you cry, but the horrors that they inflict on other humans would leave you feeling ashamed. I am shocked it would happen in the US, I guess humans are cruel, no matter where they come from.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 3:40 pm

      Have a feeling it was more than vandalism or cruelty – probably a planned hit to get that white hide – quite a treasure. Thanks for stopping by to add to the dialogue


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  8. jmmcdowell / May 5 2012 8:16 pm

    Sometimes I think the best thing for the planet would be another asteroid to send us the way of the dinosaurs. Pointless. Absolutely pointless, cruel and barbaric.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 3:41 pm

      Your last line pretty much says it all. Thanks for adding that


    • Spinster / May 8 2012 10:02 pm

      Agreed, especially with your 1st sentence.


  9. True STORIES. / May 6 2012 1:33 am

    This is the first I’ve heard of that — just horrible. I’m sick.


  10. jannatwrites / May 6 2012 1:50 am

    I had not heard of this, but it is so sad. I feel for the poor calf and his guardians. It’s scary that people would do this to an animal, seemingly for sport.

    My grandma had a Bengal cat that ended up stolen and tortured. They found the body in a nearby park. Absolutely disgusting.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 4:15 pm

      This White calf was so rare – and considered to have spirit power by many – that the attack was probably a hit. That white hide is valuable.
      Funny what people value… no reverence for life itself?
      Thanks for sharing


  11. shoreacres / May 6 2012 3:20 am

    When I read about this, my first impulse was to send the link to you. Then, I decided I didn’t need to. I was right.

    The level of mindless violence either is increasing, or electronic communication is bombarding us with everything we didn’t know about in past decades. I suspect a combination of both. There still are more people with respect for life than those who seem to lack any ability for compassion or empathy, but the haters and blindly cruel are gaining on us. I’m not sure what to do.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 3:24 pm

      Just like the rhino horns, white buffalo pelts have always been prized. Pretty sure this was a planned hit. It’s rocked the community. There was a big celebration coming up soon and the calf was to be honored. Thanks for checking in.


  12. Jeannie / May 6 2012 4:00 am

    It’s things like this that make me wonder what kind of human being would do such a thing. This just breaks my heart.


  13. Honie Briggs / May 6 2012 5:32 am

    Appalling. That is the only way I can describe this. It is heartbreaking, as another reader said.
    I did go out tonight at 10:30 to capture some photos of the supermoon. Cloud cover here in north Texas made it more of a non-event. I did get some shots of it, but they weren’t super.
    Nice post, sad story.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 4:19 pm

      We had clouds that floated in shortly after moon rise. I’m afraid my Pixs of it aren’t super. But it was quite a sight -even as the cloud intruded – somehow the clouds seemed appropriate.


  14. The Hook / May 6 2012 10:36 pm

    I’ll never understand people…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2012 11:09 pm

      Just when you think it can’t possibly get any worse… But trudging on! Thanks for stopping by – HEY you are supposed to be having un-plugged fun!


  15. PiedType / May 7 2012 1:22 am

    It’s disturbing to think there are individuals among us who would do something like this. And frightening, because they seem to be increasing in numbers. People with no respect, no appreciation for anything or anybody, and who value nothing, especially if it belongs to someone else.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 3:29 pm

      Certainly brings to mind those lines by William Yeats in one of his poems about “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold.” Thanks for your astute observations


  16. Madame Weebles / May 7 2012 2:02 am

    My heart sank when I read the news about these. So much meaningless violence, so much anger/greed/insanity/whatever else. It’s true, one pebble in the stream may not make a big difference but if you pile a whole bunch of them up, the stream stops moving entirely and ruins all kinds of things.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 3:03 pm

      Your perceptive comments reflect the thoughts of many. Glad you stopped by and stopped to chat.


  17. ailsapm / May 7 2012 2:58 am

    Abhorrent act, criminal. The more I hear about the utter lack of respect for life that a growing number of people display these days, the more I think we should change our name from the human race to the inhumane race.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 3:01 pm

      That label sometimes seems more appropriate. A few rotten apples destroying things for all. Thanks for adding that


  18. Kourtney Heintz / May 7 2012 3:13 am

    I do believe that the darkest of things lurk in the human heart. It is saddening and tragic that this animal was slaughtered and skinned. One hopes for karma.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2012 2:59 pm

      What goes around seems to come around – a universal idea. This hide may become the stuff of legends and curses to those who hold it. Thanks for mentioning karma!


  19. Spinster / May 8 2012 10:06 pm

    It truly bothers me that there are people out there (do they even deserve to be called people or humans? 😐 ) who feel entitled to whatever they want and will take advantage of others – even harm and/or kill – to get it all. Whoever did this is a self-entitled, cruel, sadistic POS.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2012 2:11 am

      What was that song “Dark Moon Rising”? At least the reward fund is growing and there is an effort being made. Thanks for joining the crowd.


      • Spinster / May 10 2012 10:10 pm

        That’s good to hear. You’re welcome.


  20. finallyhomerescue / May 9 2012 9:39 pm

    Lightning’s father was killed On April 3rd, near as I can figure his mother & he were killed May 3rd.

    You were the only other person who seemed to have gotten the importance of the 12’s & I would like to thank you for doing this story & for understanding that this wasn’t just important to Native Americans, it was a Human Kind event.

    Whoever buys that pelt will not have luck, they will have the curse of all nations on them & they might believe it could hold some power for them to use but it simply is not true, the Sacred family had pure souls, they are gone, to the next world, the meat & bones were wasted so basically cursed.

    Their legacy is right here on this page: People of ALL nations, & nationalities coming together for a common cause. Thank you again.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2012 10:06 pm

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your information (which I find some comfort in). These deaths were a great tragedy for us all. That such darkness walks freely around is disturbing. Words just fail me still. Appreciate you taking time to visit.


      • finallyhomerescue / May 9 2012 10:51 pm

        The only thing after pain is healing, after the dark comes the mourning & cleansing…


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2012 11:19 pm

          I’ve been looking at the land: after the worst wildfire season last summer, the land is already recovering with new grass and flowers – much faster than expected. Always hope. Thanks for sending your thoughts this way.


  21. Robin / May 9 2012 9:47 pm

    Terrible, heartbreaking event.


  22. philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2012 10:55 pm

    The reward fund is growing. Go to the Lakota Ranch’s official website to donate.

    Please contract your legislators:
    “There is also some interesting legal maneuvering occurring that could radically change the nature of the case. “Local people here are pushing for this to be considered a hate crime,” he says. “They’re contacting their Senators, their Congressmen. There is no penalty for killing a buffalo in the state of Texas. If you kill a horse, you get hung. If you kill a buffalo, nothing happens. So some people around here would like to see this classified as a hate crime, which would make it a Federal crime.”

    Read the whole article: “More details on the sacred white calf slaughter. Locals push for hate crime status”


    • finallyhomerescue / May 10 2012 1:09 am

      See? The lessons they came to teach us… They are coming to pass, everyone is uniting for a common cause, people are getting involved in the process of Government, the injustice is being felt & acted upon. His birth was foretold, his death was not, but he came to teach us, to unify us, it looks like he is fulfilling his promise. It is sad beyond all reason that his beautiful young life was stolen in such a horrific manner, but his spirit is still here with all of us!


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2012 2:47 pm

        Everything seems to have a purpose – and there’s more than we can understand. Thanks for sharing light.



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