If you ever visit Yellowstone, Yosemite or any other park that holds bears, you will learn the standard method: make lots of noise while walking, stay away from areas related to recent bear scenes and stay in your car whenever possible. At no point in this protection briefing does it include “Leave the car, go to the bear and start filming”. Unfortunately, a woman who visited Yellowstone National Park after crossing a bear believed it was the best course of action and as a result had a very close encounter.
A video that went viral online shows a woman a few meters away from a large bear that decides to charge her. Fortunately for the woman, the bear was charging with a rebuke, basically telling her to back off in an attempt to scare her. The female and bear teams are both good, but the video reminds you exactly what is appropriate when you are crossing the potentially dangerous wildlife in Yellowstone. According to the National Park Service website, you should “be on the side of your car or next to it” when you see a bear, and if you should come near someone, you should “leave with your horn hunt.”
Doing so protects you and the bears, who clearly understand that humans are a species that is kept the farthest away (they actually took part in the party during the lockdown). The BBC Archives, a nostalgic branch of the UK Broadcasting Giant, recently posted a protective video showing the consequences that can occur when predators get too close. The video centers around the lion enclosure in nostalgic Safari Park (and the rest) were open to the public on the condition they entered – and, seriously, inside their vehicles.
When the (very Brass Eye) safety briefing was recorded in 1987, you put 42 animals in a drive-throw show, you don’t want to travel. Despite this, Longleat was the director of Roger Cowley Safari Park, explaining that visitors to the lion enclosure left cars to test their engines and empty their bladders.
Cowley explained to one group, even trying to set up a picnic while inside, not realizing that the place that was meant for it would be on the menu. Clearly, tourists in Britain in the late 80s needed a serious awakening call. Fortunately for them, the Longleat Safari Park has shown their sleeves quite a hard-hitting demonstration to really hammer the message home.