Watch This Headstrong Bison Ram a Car That Gets Too Close to Its Baby

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 20, 2023
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It never ceases to amaze us, the people who don’t respect wild animals and their territories. This is one such video we have seen posted below. We are taken to the Yellow Stone National Park in the great state of Wyoming. Where some bison are along the edge of the road grazing. But, not only is it just some random bison that are there. Their young one is there too. You might be wondering, “Why is this important?” Well, like almost all other animals when it comes to their young ones, they are fiercely protective. Let’s see what the YouTube poster’s description of this video interaction was below. 

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“This large bison was standing still in the middle of the road, so cars stopped in both directions with plenty of room between them and the bison.  Along comes another bison from the valley, up to the road, much closer to the car.  The larger bison then decides to walk over to the smaller (yet still large) bison.  That’s when this happened.  Just think if he put all his force into the ram.  Luckily no one was hurt, not even the bison.”

At the start of this video posted below, we see a large bison and his young one close to him. Another large bison is lying close in the grass just up ahead. The cars both ways have stopped to see what these bison will do next. Once the car on the opposite end is convinced that the bison won’t move, the car moves forward. However, we can see the car went a little too fast and also didn’t try to veer out of the way. The large bison took this as a threat to his young one.

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And so, to react to this threat, we see this enormous bison rush in and ram his head into the front of this car. If you watch the video between 13 and 14 seconds, you can hear the large thud of the bison ramming his head against this threat. 

Why Do Bison Ram Their Heads?

American bison bull and cow

Bison can run 22 miles per hour.


As we can see from this video below, the way this bison was protecting his young was to ram his head against the car. Seems like it would hurt, no? Well, bison are listed as the largest mammals in North America. According to the National Wildlife Federation, they have this to say about the head of a bison.

“The head of a bison is very large with a thick skull. Bison fight by crashing their heads or horns together. Both male and female bison have short, curved, black horns, which can grow to two feet (0.6 meters) long.”

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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