Yet another ‘touron’ has been caught on camera behaving badly at Yellowstone National Park.
Heart-stopping footage posted on the hugely popular Tourons of Yellowstone Instagram page showed a mother evading barriers around a fast moving river and leading her young son towards the water, yards from the edge of the Lower Falls in the Wyoming park.
The cliff drop is 308 feet, nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls, although the flow rate is far less.
A man and another child can be seen on the viewing platform communicating with the woman and the youngster while taking pictures.
As pointed out by many of the commenters on the video, accidents occur easily around waterfalls. At the same site in 2014, an eight-year-old girl plunged more than 500 feet to her death after losing her footing when leaving the designated trail.
‘Please tell me she’s been arrested and charged with child endangerment,’ said one commenter. Another said: ”This has to be the worst one yet… one small slip/trip and over the falls they go,’ as another called the woman: ‘Mom of the year.’
The woman and her young child are shown here dangerously close to entering the water beside the Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park
The cliff drop is 308 feet, nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls, although the flow rate is far less
During the video, the woman can be seen communicating with a man who is taking pictures of her
The woman and her child were just yards from the waterfall’s edge
The area around the Lower Falls is known for its hiking, located in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. Yellowstone’s official website notes that in order to view the Lower Falls: ‘Use paved overlooks or take short hikes for closer views.’
In May, the National Park Service put out a public service announcement warning the public of the dangers surrounding waterfalls in the lead-up to the summer months.
The warning urged the public to be mindful of mist, slippery rocks, slopes and undercurrents when close to water features. Visitors are also advised to wear suitable footwear because ‘flippy floppies may lead to slippy sloppies.’
Members of the public are allowed to enter most water areas at Yellowstone.
It’s not clear when the video was taken. DailyMail.com has reached out to Yellowstone for further comment on this story.
Just a handful of the roughly three million annual visitors die by accident at a park that spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Park historian Lee Whittlesey told Cowboy State Daily in 2022 that the vast majority of deaths at Yellowstone are due to ‘visitors’ false sense of security’ and are the result of ‘hubris or carelessness about the park’s imminent dangers.’
This comes after a series of incidents involving reckless tourists interfering with wildlife at Yellowstone.
Earlier this month a shocking video emerged showing an unidentified man harassing a black bear at the park. Park officials said that the man’s behavior was ‘egregious’ and if he is identified, he could face six months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
The man, who was standing in an offensive stance with his fists clenched in the video, can be heard barking viciously at the bear.
He then attempted to chase the bear – who appeared to be relaxing atop a mountain, minding his own business – but the bear didn’t budge.
This time, instead of running away, the bear stared at the reckless man, seemingly growing tired of his behavior and decided to retaliate and chase him back to his car.
The tables quickly turned for the deranged daredevil, who went from growling at the bear to yelling for his life.
Two tourists also came dangerously close to being gored by bisons at Yellowstone National Park in shocking videos posted within the span of two weeks, last month.
One video, also posted by TouronsOfYellowstone and credited to Russ Bjorn on Instagram, shows a woman, who has not yet been identified, extending her hand in an attempt to touch the bison.
In a split second, the bison lunged forward, giving the impression that it is about to charge. The woman quickly retreated in a panic, stumbling over herself in the process. The frightened screams of the group can be heard in the background.