Yellowstone National Park officials say a bull bison blew up a 9-year-old girl from Florida when the animal attacked a group of about 50 tourists. Park officials say the bison stormed the group on Monday after some of the tourists approached the animal in at least 20 minutes.
The girl from Odessa, Florida, was taken by her family to the Old Faithful Lodge for treatment by rescue workers. She was later taken to a clinic and released.
A video of the incident seems to show a man and a woman running away from the animal when the little bison girl is thrown high in the air.
Park officials did not disclose the extent of the injuries. The incident occurred near the Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area.
In Yellowstone, which attracts approximately 4 million visitors annually, tourists are regularly injured by bison and other wildlife. Last year, aafter a crowd of visitors came too close to the animal.
The National Park Service (NPS) advises visitors never to be less than 25 yards from most wildlife. Predators such as wolves and bears require greater caution and a minimum distance of 100 meters. The NPS rule of thumb is, "If you make an animal move, you are too close," and find it "illegal," at a distance that disturbs or displaces the animal, near wildlife including or staying close to birds. "