Yellowstone Park Horror: Elderly Tripped Over Canyon, Bison Gored Taiwanese
An elderly man tripped approximately 25 feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone at 5:30 p.m. on May 18.
In a separate incident on May 16, a Taiwanese girl was gored by a bison.
The National Park Service has put park alerts in effect following the incidents.
Elderly tripped over canyon while taking picture
The 71-year-old man from New York stumbled backwards over a stone barrier and into the canyon after attempting to take picture of the Grand View, the National Park Service said in a statement. The elderly man fell approximately 25 feet but was able to hang on by bracing his body and feet on opposing sides of a small opening.
Other tourists in the area called the attention of the Yellowstone National Park rangers. The rangers responded promptly by throwing a rope down to the man, looping him to a sign and tree at the top of the canyon. The man was fortunately saved and only sustained a hip injury.
One ranger said the man was very lucky to be able to hang himself on the small gap on the rocks of the canyon. If he was not able to do so, he could have fallen to the 200-foot drop.
Taiwanese girl sustained injuries after being attack by a bison
A Taiwanese exchange student sustained serious injuries after being gored by a bison in the Old Faithful area. The 16-year-old student was trying to pose with a bison behind her at about three to six feet distance. The bison saw the girl, took a couple steps and gored her.
The National Park Rangers were called to the scene and was able to save the girl from further injuries.
The National Park Service has since warned visitors that Yellowstone wildlife is wild.
“Wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they appear. Visitors must stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes,” the National Park Service warned.
“Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous. Just because an animal may be near a trail or boardwalk does not mean it should be approached within the recommended safe distances. Visitors are advised to give the animals enough space and be willing to alter their plans to avoid interacting with an animal in close proximity,” the statement reads.
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