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Silly selfie leads to fifth bison attack in Yellowstone

A 43-year-old woman from Mississippi was attacked by a bison in Yellowstone National Park when she tried to take a selfie in front of the animal with her daughter.

Bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park.
Bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park. Image by Tony Hisgett / CC BY 2.0

The charging bison caught the woman with its head and tossed her into the air, causing minor injuries. According to a park ranger, the pair saw other people crowding around the animal, so they thought it would be OK to approach the animal for a photo. This marks the fifth bison attack this season, three of which have been the result of reckless photo attempts. In May a 16-year-old visitor from Taiwan was gored while posing for a photo with a bison in the park, causing serious but not life-threatening injuries. Park officials continue to remind its visitors that its animals are wild, and people should not go within 25 yards of bison. Read more: cnn.com