A reporter’s hilarious reaction to an approaching herd of Yellowstone bison is the laugh we need right now
Your entire feed right now is coronavirus. And possibly Tiger King, but mostly, coronavirus. That’s why it’s welcome relief to see the hilarity that is a reporter nope-ing right out of a live recording at Yellowstone National Park after realizing a herd of bison was coming toward him.
Montana KTVM reporter Deion Broxton was reporting from Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday when he… saw something. Instead of waiting around to see how things panned out, he got out of dodge. And a good thing he did — because the thing he saw was an approaching herd of bison.
— Deion Broxton KTVM (@DeionNBCMT) March 25, 2020
HIS FACE. “Oh my god… oh my god,” he mutters before packing up his camera and getting out. “Oh no I ain’t messing with you. Oh no. Oh noooo. Oh no I’m not messing with you.”
Honestly, same. Some folks might be adventurous enough to stick around and see the animals in person but not Deion. And not me.
In case anyone’s curious, Broxton did get footage of the herd grazing nearby once he was at a safe distance. It’s pretty damned incredible — and terrifying. Bison can weigh up to a ton. Suffice to say, we’re glad he escaped before things got extremely real.
Here's the video of the bison I shot once I got a safe distance away lol pic.twitter.com/uL3XiR2ISR— Deion Broxton KTVM (@DeionNBCMT) March 26, 2020
YUP he was definitely smart to nope the heck out of that situation. Those are some large and scary animals.
So people were deeply feeling Broxton’s instinct to run the hell away — they were also dying laughing.
Saving this for the next time some white people invite me to do some outdoorsy shit.— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) March 25, 2020
good call, biggest land mammal on the continent and they can be grumpy— Davante Gardenhire with my Colleagues, the Bees (@BurningBunring) March 25, 2020
When I see someone cough in the grocery store. pic.twitter.com/7QX7DjBP2m— C-Recks (@lyric2go) March 25, 2020
Some people made jokes about our current “social distancing” situation.
— Raphael Mazor (@rmazor) March 25, 2020
When someone comes within 6 feet of me https://t.co/pxBkGB36Uz
— Erin Donnelly (@erindonnelly) March 25, 2020
Some wonderful soul made his reaction a GIF so we can continue to enjoy that perfect “oh hell no” face for all of time.
I made it a gif for you! pic.twitter.com/q0nuzvjWpu— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) March 25, 2020
Even the park itself weighed in when one guy said Broxton’s clip was making him not want to do anything outdoorsy. LOL.
If you use the same common sense in national parks that @DeionNBCMT does in this clip you’re gonna have a good time.— YellowstoneNPS (@YellowstoneNPS) March 25, 2020
They also used the opportunity to remind people about good social distancing.
Social distancing means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (6 ft) from others. While we're at it, remember to keep it at least 300 ft for larger wildlife.
— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) March 25, 2020
According to park officials, bison have injured more people at Yellowstone than any other animal. Remember last summer when video circulated of a nine-year-old girl being flung into the air by one? Broxton was very smart to keep it moving.
To reiterate, you definitely don’t want to mess with bison.
In conclusion, admire bison from a safe social distance and bless the internet for these little gifts during such uncertain times.