It never ceases to amaze me what people will do in public. Whatever you want to do in the privacy of your own home is your business, but when you step out in public, act like it, ya know?
Don’t clip your toe nails on an airplane, don’t talk on your cellphone in a quiet place, and when you’re in nature, have some damn respect for the land and the animals.
The first rule of attending Yellowstone National Park is that it’s NOT a petting zoo. Rule #2… keep your distance.
Now granted, it doesn’t look like this man was trying to pet this rutting bull elk, but quite the crowd was gathered in Mammoth and that’s never a good idea when wild animals are roaming close by.
Especially, when these bulls are all horned up (quite literally) and looking to mate… you don’t want to be standing between them and their cows.
“Saturday in the Mammoth area of Yellowstone, this bull elk was heading up to nearby cows. From my perspective, the man in the video was the recommended 25 yards away or more.
However, the bull charged very quickly and he had no time to escape. Thankfully he was not badly hurt, but people were scared as you can hear in the video, a lady saying I don’t know what to do.”
No time to escape is right… in fact, he didn’t escape at all…
The bull elk showed him mercy, and for whatever reason, chose to pull up and not run his antlers right through the man’s chest.
Lucky for him, he was able to walk away with only minor injuries.
However, I do find it funny how whenever an animal charges, it quickly becomes every man for themselves. I mean, we’ve even seen parents on multiple occasions abandon their kids when a bison charges and scatter in every direction.
And I get it, like what are you supposed to do?
But here we see the lady make a bee-line for the cars in the parking lot while the man with his back to the charging elk is left to take the hit.
And then you can hear her at the end screaming, “I don’t know what to do!”