Speaking about the parents not appearing to help the child in the video, which cuts off as soon as the girl hits the ground, Ms Dayton added: “It’s cropped out I guess due to the fact I was holding my phone horizontally. But just so people are aware THEY DID COME BACK TO HELP THE GIRL.”
Yellowstone Park representatives said that the incident is still under investigation and that the park’s guidelines warn people to stay at least 25 yards away from bison.
The guidelines from the park state that “Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild, when an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.”
According to estimates from the park, there are approximately 4,527 bison resident in Yellowstone National Park. A bull bison weighs up to 2,000 pounds (900kg or 140 stone). The animals can be aggressive and can hit top charging speeds of 30 miles per hour.