Getting up close and personal with animals may do them more harm than do you any good. A mountain goat in Alaska drowned trying to escape a large crowd taking its picture.
The goat jumped into the ocean and drowned when it couldn’t get back on land due to the swarm of people on shore in downtown Seward.
Alaska State Troopers reportedly said that it’s imperative to give animals enough space, adding that the latest incident “resulted in a wild animal dying for no cause.” They were alerted to the incident thanks to a phone call.
This kind of fatal interaction between humans and the wild isn’t the first of its kind though. In May, tourists took a baby bison in their car to a ranger station in Yellowstone National Park because they thought the calf looked cold.
In a statement, the National Park Service said, “Park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed. The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway.”
In February, a video that went viral showed a man in Argentina picking up a dolphin from the sea and walking up to the beach with it, where dozens of people are then seen milling around the animal, touching it and taking selfies. The dolphin was left to die in the mud after the photo sessions.
The Franciscana dolphin is classified as vulnerable with only 30,000 of them left in the wild. The one picked up from the Santa Teresita beach allegedly overheated and died while being paraded around by beachgoers.