Shocking footage of a 9-year-girl being thrown into the air by a rushing bison has gone viral. The incident, which took place at Yellowstone National Park on July 22, was caught on camera by 18-year-old Hailey Dayton.
“My brother and I were looking at the hot springs, and we saw a bunch of people running down the path to the bride,” Dayton said to NBC News. “We saw through the trees some people petting the bison, super close. Because it was agitated by all the people and noise, it just kind of attacked. After that, everyone was screaming.”
The park service did not specify if the male bison charged because of the group’s harassment. They did caution visitors to be careful when around the wild animals at the National Park and stay at least 75 feet away from bison, elk, deer, and moose.
Have you seen this unbelievable video? A girl gets tossed in the air like a toy by a bison in Yellowstone National Park. ? Thankfully, she’s ok. Details: https://t.co/4EClcuzUcc pic.twitter.com/HpLOp6gxog— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) July 24, 2019
Thankfully, the girl, who is from Odessa, Florida, is currently recovering from the attack. She was treated by emergency medical providers and released from Old Faithful Clinic.
Yellowstone National Park receives around 4-6 million visitors a year. About 4900 bison live in the park. Of all the wildlife in Yellowstone, bison are responsible for hurting more visitors than any other animal. According to the Park Service, bison “can be aggressive, are agile, and can run up to 30 miles per hour.” Male bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can stand up to 6 feet.
In 2018, at least two people were injured by bison at Yellowstone.
“If your actions cause a reaction from the animal, they you’re too close,” says Kathy Kupper, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Park Service. “And if you can take a selfie with wildlife, then you’re definitely too close.”
Common knowledge, apparently not that common I guess ??♀️??♀️ I hope the little girl is ok and the parents have learned the lesson. pic.twitter.com/FzsGVSLS6C
— Leslie Ann (@LeslieA11707249) July 25, 2019