A 9-year-old Florida girl was injured by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, according to officials.
Yellowstone officials confirmed a video posted to Twitter on Monday night captured the incident. The video shows a bison charging at three people. An adult man and woman run away, while a little girl is violently thrown into the air by the bison.
According to a press release from the National Park Service, a group of about 50 people were between 5 to 10 feet from the giant bison near the Old Faithful Geyser for at least 20 minutes. The close proximity caused the bison to charge towards them.
The girl’s family took her to a nearby lodge where the park’s emergency medical providers treated her, She was then transported to one of the park’s medical clinics the press release said. The girl was treated for unspecified injuries and then discharged to her family.
The original video tweet by Hailey Dayton was removed due to a chance of the young girl seeing some of the cruel comments that were made.
Due to the abundance of cruel and inconsiderate comments that this young girl would most likely see, I am deleting the video of the Bison. This was meant to show awareness of what can happen when not properly respecting the life you are around. This behavior is unsat.— hails (@haileyydayton) July 24, 2019
Dayton, who originally shared the video claimed that the family was petting the bison before it charged. Officials said no fines have been issued at this time.
The National Parks Service also reminded all visitors to the park to keep their distance from the wild animals at Yellowstone.
They said that visitors should maintain a distance of 25 yards from bison, elk, deer and moose.
When encountering a wolf or bear, the suggested distance increases to 100 yards, or 300 feet.