Animals Video

By Joe McFarlane

A one-day-old bison dramatically managed to rescue itself after falling into a freezing cold pond for more than 12 minutes.

The ominously named Blacktail Ponds in Yellowstone National Park almost claimed the life of a small one-day-old Bison when they were nudged into the freezing pond.

The dramatic scene was captured by Judy Lehmberg, 66, who spotted a group of female Bison walking past the pond, when suddenly one of the yearlings pushed the baby into the pond for an unknown reason.

More than 12 tense minutes passed of the baby scrambling at the frozen sides of the pond with the rest of the herd unable to help, before the youngster finally got itself out.

Judy said: “Blacktail Ponds are treacherous for bison as most of them are deep and straight sided, making it very difficult for them to get out once they fall in.

“Every year, especially in winter when ice covers the ponds, Bison fall in, drown and become dinner for Bears and Wolves in the spring.

“When we saw the baby Bison fall in, we really thought it would die. Its mom was not equipped to get it out.”

Reunited with the herd safe and sound, the Bison cut a pathetic figure while standing shivering, while their mother tried her best to lick her baby warm.

Judy said: “Watching it stand there shivering was really hard. It did have the rest of what turned out to be a sunny day to dry off and warm up.

“Watching the baby get out was one of the happiest moments of my life. I really thought it was going to die.”