Bison tosses 9-year-old girl into the air at Yellowstone

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(CNN) – A 9-year-old girl was injured after a bison charged her in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, the park’s public affairs office said.

Officials at Yellowstone confirm a video posted to Twitter on Monday night and circulated by local media captured the incident. The video shows three people being charged by a bison. An adult man and woman run away, while a little girl is violently thrown into the air.

A news release said that the girl was part of a group of about 50 people near Observation Point Trail in the park’s Old Faithful Geyser area.

The group was gathered about 5 to 10 feet away from the bison for at least 20 minutes before a bull bison charged and tossed the girl in the air.

Her family took her to the Old Faithful Lodge for treatment, park officials said. She was later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

The incident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued, according to the release.

Park officials warn visitors to stay at least 25 yards (75 feet) away from all large animals. About 4,527 bison are in Yellowstone National Park, according to an August 2018 estimate. A male bull weighs up to 2,000 pounds. The animals can be aggressive and can run up to 30 miles per hour.

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