Disturbing images from Yellowstone National Park this week show a man being speared by a bison after intervening to help others attacked by the provoked animal.
The 34-year-old man, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was taken to hospital for injuries after the bison stabbed his arm.
According to a press release Tuesday from Yellowstone National Park, the bison attacked the man and his family Monday while walking on a boardwalk near Giant Geyser near Old Faithful.
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The video shows the bison approaching two adults and a child. The man steps in between and the two adults manage to run away. The bull lunges and the man takes the brunt as he hurls the child away from danger.
“This is the second reported incident in 2022 where a visitor gets too close to the animal and bison and responds to the perceived threat by stinging the individual,” Yellowstone National Park wrote in its press release.
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Yellowstone Park advises visitors never to approach wildlife and to stay 20 meters away from large animals such as bison and elk, and close to 100 meters from bears and wolves.
It is not the first time this year that a person has been gored by a bison in Yellowstone. Last month, a 25-year-old Ohio woman was thrown in the air and suffered a stab wound and other injuries after coming too close.
Yellowstone also wrote on Tuesday that “bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.”
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