A 16-year-old girl has been hospitalized after being gored by a bison at Yellowstone Park. The Taiwanese exchange student suffered the injuries on May 15 after standing too close to the animal while posing for a photo. The student, whose name has not been released, was visiting the park with her host family.
As the group hiked near the famous geyser Old Faithful, they stopped to join a gathering of visitors who were observing a bison grazing near the hiking trail.
Describing the incident, park officials stated, "The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her."
Visitors are gored by bison each year at the park as a result of being in too close proximity to the large, powerful creatures. Park authorities warn visitors to remain at least 25 feet away from the "unpredictable and dangerous" animals. The injured girl was believed to be standing around 3 to 6 feet away from the bison when the attack occurred.
The National Park Service has stated that the girl's injuries were "serious, but not life-threatening."