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Cathy Hayes was visiting Yellowstone National Park back in 2010 when she captured a video of a wild buffalo tossing her around in the air like a rag-doll.
“I thought it was the end,” Cathy Hayes told CNN.
Cathy said she was driving through the park with her husband and friend when they spotted the bison walking along all by itself and so they stopped the car to get out and look at it.
“My friend is from California, and had never seen a bison before,” she said. “So we pulled over and went to get a closer look.”
At first, Cathy was recording the bison at a safe distance standing behind her vehicle but when the wild animal walked off the road behind some trees, she and her friend decided to follow it.
“So we’re here in the park and there’s a buffalo, and he’s just wandering across the road,” she says in the video before moving in closer to it.
They walked within 30 feet of the bison and her friend wanted to get closer so they started moving towards it…that’s when things got really chaotic.
Another group of people who were also there watching the bison from a distance and one of them decided to pick up a stick and throw it at the bison.
“There was another group in front of us, and I never noticed it before looking at the video on my small camera, but you can see a stick fly off the back of the bison,” she said. “It looks like it came from the group that was in front of him. Before that, the bison was just chillin.'”
The bison started kicking its legs around in the air and started charging toward Cathy’s friend who tripped and fell to the ground. At that point, the bison took its eyes off her friend and started charging directly toward Cathy.
Cathy tried to get away by hiding behind a small tree but the bison blasted through that, ran her down, gored her in the leg, and tossed her into the air.
“There was a pause when I could tell that he was backing up and getting ready to ram the tree again,” she said. “I thought, ‘He won’t ram the car,’ so I made a run for it. You can probably see in the video when he got me and flung me up in the air.”
Cathy’s husband was in the car at the time of the attack and was able to scare the bison off by making loud noises.
“He was going to throw his cell phone at it, but it took off. It was gone as quick as it came,” she said.
Cathy was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Fortunately, they were not life-threatening, however, she did have a knee swollen the size of a football and some minor cuts and scrapes on her leg.
Her friend actually broke his shoulder when he tripped and fell trying to get away but both of them are very happy things were not as worse as they could have gone.
“I was waiting for black. I thought I was going to die,” she said.