Tourists just won’t ever learn, will they? It’s a tale as old as time. Tourists travel to a national park and completely lose all sanity and forget that they are still in the wild, and that the animals there aren’t like the ponies at a petting zoo.
Next thing you know, these tourists are either sent to the hospital at the hands of the wildlife, or they nearly see their life flash before their eyes.
With that being said, here’s yet another example.
In this wild video footage, a tourist who is standing a safe distance away films a woman who is slowly approaching a cow elk at Yellowstone National Park. You can hear the man videoing warn the woman:
“Ma’am, could you please…”
And before he’s able to finish his warning, the cow elk charges out from behind the brush directly towards the woman. Although we miss the moment the elk makes contact with the woman, you can see her laying on the ground.
It’s uncertain if the woman actually got plowed over by the elk, or if she fell over while running away, but I think it’s safe to say she has a new appreciation for what these beasts can do. After the incident, you can hear the woman tell the man:
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been out here… thank you sir… It won’t happen again!”
The man responds:
“I’m sure it won’t!”
How refreshing to have a humbled attitude after an embarrassing moment like that? Needless to say, I hope this woman learned her lesson.