When Bison Selfies Go Wrong: Highlighting the Internet’s Funniest Reactions

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In case you missed it, a viral video of a bison selfie gone wrong at Custer State Park in South Dakota is making the rounds on Twitter again, thanks to the recent “Darwin Award:”

Of course, Twitter never fails when it comes to hilarious reactions to perfectly avoidable incidents like this. Here are a few of our favorites.

First, the National Park Service provided some selfie stats:

This cartoon shows the conversation that likely happened when the bison returned to his herd:

Bison are big fans of social distancing, we’d all be wise to remember that.

I didn’t know this was a service the NPS offered, but it’s good to see some people taking advantage of it.

Here are a couple of people who loved the “matter-of-fact” background commentary from the guy next to the woman filming this disaster.

Here’s another NPS meme that gives everyone a pretty simple reminder:

This person sums up what the lady was probably thinking right before her approach:

And finally, a lesson we can all take away from this unfortunate situation:

But Seriously – Stay Away From The Bison

With the increasing crowds at our national parks, it seems like more and more videos like this pop up every year. According to a report from Utah State University, bison are the biggest threat to humans among all the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, and have injured more people than any other animal in the park. In fact, between 1978 and 1992, 56 people were injured and two people were killed by bison in Yellowstone.

Bison weigh up to 2,000 lbs. and can top out at 35 MPH at full speed, so most experts suggest you should stay at least 100 yards away from them when in the wild.

To sum it all up, keep your distance, and you can avoid winning a Darwin Award on Twitter.


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