I mean, what on God’s green Earth would make a person think it’s a good idea to walk up to and pet an animal that is known to weigh up to 2,000-pounds and occasionally runs people over?
The only two answers could be ignorance and stupidity. And I have a feeling this video is a mix of both.
Bison are literally the largest animal to roam North America. Sure, they just seem like big ol’ fluffy nice animals when they are sitting with other bison all calm and peaceful. But, even a small bison is a hefty animal, getting charge by one is not worth any close encounter.
With no shortage of idiots wandering Yellowstone and other national parks looking for a bison to pet, this situation is a little different.
While still very much a wild animal, these bison live on a ranch un Uvalde, Texas.
So the presumption, faulty as it may be, is that perhaps these bison are a little more friendly?
These two men are willing to take that bet, approach, and start to pet a bison.
As one man approaches, the other is seen starting to pet the animal. In comparison the bison is massive compared to the man.
The other man approaches with minimal caution and takes over the head scratches.
As he switches sides the bison quickly gets agitated and turns towards him. In a flash, the man gets run right over and the video ends as it he hits the ground.
The man called it the scare of a lifetime:
“We build power lines and this was on a ranch where there was a bunch of bison. A coworker and I decided to try and pet one.
He didn’t seem to mind until I walked up and tried to pet him. Well needless to say he knocked me down and gave me a scare of a lifetime.”
Yup, taking a headbutt from a bison is enough to make you have to change your shorts.
9-Year-Old Girl Gets Airmailed By Bison At Yellowstone National Park
Good God, people…
It should go without saying, but that’s why you don’t get close to bison.
For like the 10,000th time, they’re not cows and you’re not at a petting zoo… you’re at Yellowstone National Park, home to arguably the United States’ most lethal collection of animals.
Bison, wolves, elk, bears, and plenty more, are all capable of killing you, and believe it or not, it’s bears or wolves that hurt people the most. It’s actually bison that cause the most injuries at Yellowstone.
Why? People like this…
Bigger than you think, faster than you think, and freakishly powerful, bison will think nothing of running you down, plowing you over, or if you’re a 9-year-old Florida girl… launching you to the moon.
Back in 2019, the girl was part of a tourist group of about 50 people near Observation Point Trail, near the iconic Old Faithful Geyser. According to reports from park staff, the group got within 5-10 feet of the bison and were close for approximately 20 minutes before the charge.
When her family was charged, everybody scattered, leaving the 9-year-old high and dry (way to go dad), and the bison locked eyes on the young girl. Running her down in a matter of seconds, the bison struck her with its big and powerful head, and lifted her high into the air.
Thankfully, the little girl was treated and released from a park medical clinic and seemingly had no real injuries save for some bumps and bruises, but the situation could’ve much, much worse.
Hopefully dad learned a valuable lesson about wildlife… and keeping an eye on his kids.