A Utah man was brutally mauled by a bison last month when he went to pet it in what he soon realized was a stupid move, rupturing his liver and leaving an 8-inch gash.
Helen Carbajal was seriously injured during the surprise attack, though she admits she was “stupid in the scenario” to approach the bison while driving home from Thanksgiving with her girlfriend.
He saw a herd of bison on a neighbor’s property and decided to take a closer look.
“I was definitely an idiot in that scenario. I went through the fence. I started walking back closer to the fence,” Carbazal explained to KUTV. “When I got back to the fence, he went all the way. I did mine, and I was like ‘Oh this is great’.
“I kind of wanted to nurture it, so I was totally naive about the whole thing, so I did it, and yeah it felt great.”
He told the station how the animal dipped his head down and flipped him over before puncturing his horn. He escaped quickly despite being badly injured.
According to a GoFundMe page set up to help with his medical bills, Carbazal suffered an 8-inch gash in his abdomen, a broken rib, a lacerated liver and a lung injury.
He was airlifted to the ICU where he spent seven days in the hospital and is now home recovering.
“Helen is one of the nicest and most selfless people I know,” describes the fundraiser.
“He just finished a season working with the Utah Conservation Corps and he relies on his physical health for the type of work he does.”
Faith Heaton-Jolly, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, told KUTV that because bison look like cows, there is a common misconception that they are domestic or friendly when in fact they are wild animals that are aggressive. can be
“It’s definitely a reality check or recognizing my naivety and thinking that it’s okay to try to touch someone, and just realizing that you’ve got big crazy beasts like that,” Carbazal told the station. There’s going to be a lot of respect,” Carbazal told the station.
“You have to have a lot of respect for big crazy beasts like you know.”