Friday, November 12, 2010

Yellowstone's version of UFC: The Bear vs. The Bison


Perhaps blogger Timothy B. Hurst captured the moment best when he wrote, “Why did the bison cross the road? To get the hell away from the 800-pound grizzly trying to eat him.”

Ah, what a wonderful display of nature, though probably not for the buffalo trying to evade a very hungry grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park. Talk about a Kodak moment. (We do talk about those still, don't we?)

As reported by KRTV.com, Alex Wypyszinski, a park employee whose hobby is photographing wildlife, had just dropped off his wife at work and had some time to kill, so he went searching for wildlife.

While parked on the side of a deserted road, he heard a noise from behind him, something sounding like a horse and carriage. He turned around and saw a “Discovery Channel” episode unfolding before his eyes and started shooting.

The photos -- 14 in all, and taken last April -- surfaced on the Internet last week, prompting park officials to confirm the authenticity of the photos.

“I thought I was having a hallucination or something,” Wypyszinski told KRTV.com. “[And] I couldn’t believe what that buffalo looked like.”

The bison was badly burned from wandering into one of the park’s numerous geothermal features. It eventually got away from the bear, but rangers were forced to put it down because of its injuries, according to the report.

“I’ve seen plenty of bear, and more buffalo,” Wypyszinski told KRTV. “But I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

See more yourself by visiting The Huffington Post, which has a CNN video report about the story. More photos can be seen at KRTV.

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