Watch: Unhinged man taunts 2,000-pound bison that charges at him twice in Yellowstone National park
A deranged man was caught pounding his chest and taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park, and the entire incident was captured on camera. Cars driving through the park had to halt when a bison wandered on one of the roads. Lindsey Jones was with her family and had to slow down her vehicle along with others for the bison to pass. However, in a shocking move, Jones saw a man get out of his car and begin to taunt the wild beast on the two-way road. A fully grown bison can weigh up to a staggering 2,000 pounds. As the undaunted man walked down the road to approach the beast, he began to proudly beat his chest as he proceeded. Jones couldn't help but start filming the event on her cell phone.
The bison saw the man's unnatural behavior and possibly felt intimidated. It turned around immediately took a charging stance. But the man looked seemingly unperturbed by its actions and instead started grunting at and taunting the heavyweight creature.
On the other hand, the bison felt even more threatened by his behavior and began to charge at him for a second time. From behind the camera, Jones is heard exclaiming, "Oh god, I can't watch anymore!"
Another passenger in her car is heard shouting, "Get out of there!"
Fortunately, the bison quickly loses interest in the man's shenanigans and walks away. The man is then seen slowly walking away from the bison after one last glance. The footage from the incident went viral online and has been viewed more than a million times since Jones posted it on Facebook.
Having said that, it is still unclear whether the man was apprehended by Yellowstone park staff, reported Daily Mail.
This year saw two people being injured by bison at the park.
Back in June, 59-year-old Kim Hancock was attacked by a bull bison while walking along a boardwalk in the Lower Geyser Basin after it felt threatened when she got within 10 yards of it.
At one point, Hancock's group was reportedly closer than 15 ft from the beast. The safe distance to be maintained is deemed to be at least 75 ft, according to park officials.
Before that, in May, a bison tossed a woman who was walking around a bend on a trail. Luckily, she was only slightly injured in the thigh.
According to Yellowstone guidelines, visitors are required to maintain a minimum distance of at least 25 yards from bison and elks while they must stay at least 100 yeards away from more aggressive animals such as bears and wolves.
"Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be," the guidelines state.
"Give animals space when they're near trails, boardwalks, parking lots, or in developed areas.
"If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route."