A Montana reporter found himself in the news. His hilarious reaction to an adventurous bison went viral. Deion Broxton was filming a tease outside the Yellowstone National Park sign when the animal got too close for comfort.
“Oh, my god. Oh, my god,” Broxton said in the video. His eyes darted back and forth. “Oh, no, I ain’t messing with you, oh, no. Oh, no.” He then packs up his camera for safety.
Deion Broxton usually sees bison at Yellowstone National Park.
Speaking with the Baltimore Sun, Broxton revealed what happened off camera. He went to the park to interview the park superintendent in March. The park had been ordered to shut down to help prevent the coronavirus.
Broxton went to Yellowstone on assignment around 25 times. He usually saw bison, but this was the first time one got close.
“They always say, ‘Stay at least 25 yards away from mammals,’” Broxton told The Baltimore Sun. “But that d–n bison broke the 25-yard barrier and I was like, ‘Uhhh, I’m not dealing with this!’”
Broxton said there had been seven bison grazing in the area. One looked at Broxton and wouldn’t stop staring. It started to charge toward him. Broxton hoped the animal would return to grazing but decided to not risk it.
“I don’t know if he was actually going to come at me, but I knew I didn’t want to stick around to find out,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to be on CNN for being killed by a bison.”
Broxton eventually got the shot he needed by backing his car in the opposite direction of the bison.
Broxton never expected to become a viral sensation, but he said he’s happy he can put a smile on people’s faces. So far, the video has been viewed 11.9 million times and favored over 395,000 times on Twitter.
Yellowstone Park also got in on the fun, posting a new “commemorative” safety poster in honor of the reporter.
[H/T: Baltimore Sun]