Girl Attacked by Bison as She Tried to Take Its Picture

A 16-year-old foreign exchange student was gored by a wild bison in Yellowstone National Park last weekend, while trying to pose for a picture with the animal. The Taiwanese girl was visiting the park with her host family, whose names were not provided to the press.

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Although the injuries were serious, they were thankfully not life-threatening, and she's expected to make a full recovery. Well, probably except for some scars, I'd suspect.

Can you imagine the horror her host parents must have felt when this happened? It's not clear if they witnessed the attack, or if the teen was exploring away from them, but either way, seeing the injuries must have been terrifying.

It's a big responsibility to be trusted with someone else's kids, especially halfway around the world. While it's not their fault at all, they're probably feeling awful about it. Bison seem so slow and docile, and since it's a national park and not a zoo, the lack of fences probably gives a false sense of safety around the animals.

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According to reports, the teen was near the Old Faithful geyser and less than six feet away from the beast. When she turned to pose for a picture, he just had to step forward to gore her. She was airlifted to a local hospital to treat her wounds.

The National Park Service took the opportunity to remind tourists that "Yellowstone wildlife is wild," and "Wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they appear." They also warned park visitors, "Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous." They recommend staying at least 25 feet away from wild animals.

How would you feel if you were the host parents?

 

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