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Would you attempt to take a selfie with a bison? Sadly, many people have made this mistake, and some have had to pay for the error in a big way.
Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive creature.
The dangerous encounter was the fifth run-in between park-goers and buffalo at the park this year.
Park officials said the 43-year-old Mississippi woman turned her back on the animal earlier this week to get a photo with it on a trail near Old Faithful.
Spotting the especially photogenic bison while they were out exploring the park, the woman and her daughter approached and stood only feet away from the beast. Then, they got another bright idea – they turned their backs to pose for a selfie.
The National Park Service said in a statement, “They heard the bison’s footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her with its head.”
The woman’s father jumped into help, covering her until the bison moved away. The woman was lucky – after visiting the Old Faithful Clinic, it turned out her injuries were minor.
Old Faithful district ranger Colleen Rawlings explained that the family said they read the warnings in both the park literature and the signage, but because they saw other people close to the bison, they thought it would be okay.
Rawlings added, “People need to recognize that Yellowstone wildlife is wild, even though they seem docile. This woman was lucky that her injuries were not more severe.”
Yellowstone also reminds visitors: “Bison can run three times faster than humans can sprint.”
Apparently some people have never taken the old adage to heart: Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right – or a good idea.