Bison Gets Head Stuck Inside Car for 30 Minutes, Panics

by Jon D. B.

“Panic” is the operative word here as this enormous bison manages to wedge his massive head inside a car window and cannot get it out.

Disclaimer: the bison was not injured in this encounter.

Typically, if the phrase “it’s even more intense than it sounds” is hurled at you, chances are someone’s trying to upsell something. Like a bison getting his head stuck inside a mid-sized vehicle, perhaps. But if you’ve made it this far, then you’re down with the premise. And it doesn’t disappoint.

Observe, then ask alongside fellow Outsiders: How did this happen? Check out the video here.

Even as a wildlife tech, I can’t knock this too hard. Sometimes s*** just happens, especially in “drive-thru” wildlife parks like this one in Quebec. We have many of the same type parks here in America, and one family vehicle bears permanent scarring from an over-zealous bull elk. It’s part of the experience. And waiver.

Yet bison are a bit different. While elk are undoubtedly dangerous, they don’t weigh as much as your car and possess the sheer strength to flip it over without so much as a thought. So when these unfortunate tourists kept their window down as a resident bison came too close for comfort – things escalated quickly.

The scene? Parc Oméga near Montebello, Quebec, Canada. The victim? A half-ton bison with his head completely stuck inside a vehicle.

“Somebody opened the window and … the bison put the head inside the car and I was shocked,” Leonardo Heizer tells CTV News. Heizer was present for the entire ordeal and managed to capture the footage seen above which has since gone viral. He and his family immigrated to Canada from Brazil around four years ago. This was their long-awaited first time seeing a bison in person. What an introduction.


Parc Oméga staff says this is a first. It’s a miracle no tourists – or the bison -were not hurt during this encounter, too.

“I was thinking somebody is going to get hurt for sure,” Heizer adds.

The bison was able to free its enormous head, which can measure 4-feet on its own, from the vehicle window in around ten minutes. But that was after a solid 10 minutes of panicking and thrashing the car.

“He wasn’t trapped that long so thankfully it was just more panic rather than anything else, so he wasn’t hurt and he managed to get himself back out and he wasn’t hurt so we’re very thankful for that,” says Lucy Robertson, a staff member at Parc Oméga.

Robertson says the incident is a reminder of the importance of following the park’s rules. “All of our safety rules have been put in place to avoid any incidents, such as what happened on Sunday. And just to ensure the safety of both animals and our visitors,” she adds.

Those rules include the park “expressly forbidding the opening of windows in bison enclosures,” alongside “feeding of the animals.”

This encounter provides ample evidence as to why these rules stand. “The windshield was damaged and the column between the front window and the windshield was damaged too,” Heizer says of the bison’s collateral damage.

While Parc Oméga declines to comment on any “punishment” for this tourist’s rule-breaking, the park’s bison prairie remains open to the public.

What a day.