Well, the idiots certainly don't take long to emerge from hiding these days. It only took a matter of hours after Yellowstone National Park opened for the season this weekend for a visiting tourist to walk up to a resting bison and pet it while her partner filmed from a much safer distance away.
While often found in bucolic surroundings, bison are in fact wild animals, and have the ability to inflict great physical harm and even death on humans clueless enough to attempt to interact with them like they would with their own house cat.
While this tourist emerged from her bison interaction unharmed, we here at TGR hope all our audience exercises good judgement when considering petting wild animals, especially those with hooves and horns and which are several times larger than them.
Cover image courtesy of TGR's resident web developer Andrew Wells.