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Bison on the run: Misinterpreted viral video has a perfectly logical explanation

When a recent video of a herd of bison running through Yellowstone National Park went wildly viral, many people were alarmed thinking that the animals were fleeing from something like a future volcanic eruption. This left many on edge, especially since a 4.8 magnitude earthquake happened in that area recently. However, fears can now be put to rest as The Los Angeles Times gave the explanation on April 3 on what really happened with the 'fleeing' bison.

Bison viral video has an explanation.
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

News reports were all over the internet saying that these creatures were trying to tell us something, like a natural disaster was about to happen. However, the person who captured the viral video explained what the bison were doing when he shot their antics.

Leo Leckie posted the video originally on his own Facebook page. His original title isn’t fearful at all. The video, posted on March 14, read, ‘Yellowstone bison on the run for the joy of Spring.’ It has a catchy ring to it and certainly not about fleeing from anything. The video quickly shot up to over 90,000 hits and the misinterpreted news stories started coming in.

Leckie was interviewed on Thursday giving an explanation on this video saying that the herd was not running away from the park, but they were really running into it.

“Those bison were running for the sake of running,” Leckie said in the LA Times interview. “There was nothing chasing them. There was no mudslide. They were just running.”

His original intent sounds like he was just posting about his experience as he was leaving Yellowstone, but once it got around, everyone jumped to the wrong conclusion on the correlation with the recent earthquake and the fact that animals have been known to predict an event about to occur.

“It’s amazing how quickly and rapidly information can be repackaged to convey something other than its original intent,” Leckie said.

There you have it straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say. The cute bison were just having some springtime fun.

If you would like to possibly catch some bison on a live cam every once in a while, head over to to see if you can spot any of these amazing creatures.

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