One day a mother bison and her calf were walking with their herd when they came upon a fast moving river. Crossing the river wasn't a problem for the adults, but the calf wasn't too excited at the prospect of trying to cross. He didn't have much of a choice, however, because his mother had begun to cross. As the calf entered the water, it quickly became apparent that he was not strong enough to make it across. His mother realized that they had made a terrible mistake; the current was too fast and the calf was too small!
Rapid snow melt had made the already treacherous river even more dangerous. The calf's mother looked back and quickly realized her mistake. She tried frantically to get back to her calf but it was too little, too late. Her calf was already down stream of her and he was just too young to fight the current.
In a flash, the calf was swept downstream and out of sight. Separated from his mother and the entire herd, the calf could only wait for the river to relent. Eventually, the calf was able to get to a small island in the middle of the river. Alone and exhausted, the calf had no choice but to wait out the night. To make matters worse, something else was on the way that spelled out more trouble for the young bison.
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