Two women made lucky escapes when visiting Yellowstone National Park after brazenly trying to pet and take selfies with a bison.
In one incident, a tourist somehow plucked up the courage to reach her hand out to the large bovine, but was shocked when the animal bucked its head and almost gored her with its horn.
In another, a different woman recklessly gets up close and personal with the animal for a selfie. Take a look:
In case it wasn’t clear, bison are not animals you want too friendly with.
According to the National Park Service, it’s certainly possible to share a landscape with the enormous creatures – but only if you keep your distance.
Basically, they’ll mind their business if you mind yours.
It is recommended that park visitors stay at least 25 yards away from bison if they come across them on the track.
It’s also worth noting that ‘wilfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards’ at the Wyoming park is straight up illegal.
Lots of Yellowstone visitors, it would seem, missed this memo, and often go trying their luck with bison and other wild creatures they come across the in the park – which can often have some pretty dire results.
Thankfully the woman in this video, filmed on May 20, managed to escape without injury. Though she definitely got a shock when the wild animal lunged toward her.
The bison seemed like it was a little fed up, staying put after the woman and other nearby tourists screamed and ran away. He probably gets this all the time.
UNILAD has reached out to Yellowstone National Park for comment.
In another recent incident, a different woman was caught on camera trying to take a selfie with the wild animal.
In a post to the Instagram account Tourons of Yellowstone – dedicated to ‘moron’ tourists who visit the park – the caption read: “Sighted at Biscuit Basin. She was trying to pet it. It was insane. Like inches. Her arrogance was so infuriating. People were telling her to move away and she kept posing for like 10 minutes.”
In the video, the woman can be seen posing and fixing her hair while the bison tries to relax on the grassy plain. The mind-numbing incident could have wound up being a whole lot worse if this animal had any bit of a temper.
After a woman was gored by a bison in 2022 when she threatened the animal by getting too close, the park issued a statement reminding people that ‘bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans’.
It’s it not just humans that are at risk from interacting with bison, the wild animals are just as threatened.
Just last week, Yellowstone announced it had to put down a newborn bison after a visitor intentionally touched it.
The tourist had been trying to help the calf get back to its heard after it got separated.
But interference by people can cause a herd to reject its young.
Despite multiple attempts by park rangers to reunite the young bison with its mother, the herd rejected the calf.
The animal had to be killed because it had started approaching cars and people on the roadway after being abandoned by its heard, causing a hazardous situation.
Yellowstone is still investigating the incident.
This article by Ali Condon was first published by Unilad on 31 May 2023. Lead Image: This woman tried to take a selfie with the dangerous animal. Credit: Instagram/@touronsofyellowstone.
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