Man puts his dog near dangerous geothermal pool to take an Instagram photo

Jul 13, 2017

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Man puts his dog near dangerous geothermal pool to take an Instagram photo

Jul 13, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The stupidity of people who want to get attention on social media constantly evolves, and it has just reached a new level. One Instagram user made his dog stand on the edge of a boiling hot spring in Yellowstone National Park only to show off some photos and videos. He filmed himself and his dog with a drone, and the dog was running around off leash, dangerously near the hot thermal pools.

Not only did the guy break all the possible Yellowstone’s rules regarding pets, but he also got his dog in danger. The community reacted fiercely, and how can they not. One wrong step and the dog could have got plunged in boiling hot water.

Andrew S. Marlow posted a photo of his dog standing on the very edge of a hot thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park. When one of the Instagram users expressed concern for the dog’s safety, Andrew replied that he trusts him because he listens very well to commands. I believe his dog is nice, well-behaved and trained, but still – this doesn’t lessen the danger. Walking off trail in hydrothermal areas can be very dangerous, and Yellowstone National Park’s Hiking page reminds us of it:

Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion and is dangerous. In hydrothermal areas, stepping on thin crust can plunge you into boiling water.

The page that contains regulations regarding pets clearly states the rules as well:

Pets may accompany you in developed areas of the park. This includes any areas within 100 feet (30.5 meters) of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds (excluding thermal areas). Pets must be kept under physical control at all times – caged, crated, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length.[…]

  • Pets are not allowed on trails or boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.

  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.

  • Pets may not be left in a situation where food, water, shade, ventilation, and other basic needs are inadequate.

  • Owners must bag and dispose of pet waste.

According to this, Andrew broke a couple of rules when it comes to his pet. He kept it off the leash and he walked with it off the trail, dangerously near the geothermal pools. He also used a drone, which is another thing you shouldn’t do in a national park. And again, it’s clearly stated on Yellowstone’s website that it’s not allowed.

It didn’t take long for the community to bash Andrew for endangering his dog, and he eventually deleted his Instagram account. However, the page assholesoutside preserved and published the video Andrew took with a drone, which shows him and his dog walking and hanging out near the hot springs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWdVFhDlomm/?taken-by=assholesoutside

Personally, I wouldn’t know where to start commenting this man’s behavior and the ridiculous idea to take the dog off leash around the boiling hot springs. No matter how well-trained the dog is, try stopping it if it sees a bird or a squirrel it could chase. Even my blind, old and obedient poodle goes crazy when she hears a cat in the street. Also, I don’t think getting Instagram likes is worth hurting your dog, or even potentially hurting it. And last, but not least – he didn’t only act thoughtlessly to his dog, but also to the national park and its nature (which is, sadly, not so uncommon). So, I think this is wrong on many levels, and once again – I can’t believe what people would do for social media likes.

[via Resource Magazine]

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10 responses to “Man puts his dog near dangerous geothermal pool to take an Instagram photo”

  1. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  2. Jimmy Harris Avatar
    Jimmy Harris

    While I completely agree that what the man did was wrong, every dog I’ve ever owned or had a close relationship with was smart enough to know better than to jump into a pool of crazy hot water. Many of their senses are better than ours and dogs are usually better at avoiding this type of stuff than people are. I think you over estimate the intelligence of the average human, and under estimate the intelligence of the average dog.

    1. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
      Chris Hutcheson

      I agree on your point about dog smarts. I don’t think all the intelligence in the world would’ve helped this dog had he broken through the crust, though, which was indicated as a potential risk here.

      1. North Polar Avatar
        North Polar

        Yup, and call me crazy but getting boiled to death doesn’t exactly sound fun. The last news report I saw of someone going in said it was estimated to only be a minute or two, but…

        Well, to quote Futurama: It may comfort you to know Fry’s death took only 15 seconds. Yet the pain was so intense that it felt to him like 15 years. And it goes without saying it caused him to empty his bowels.

    2. North Polar Avatar
      North Polar

      It’s more of there is a ‘crust’ around the edges of the pools that looks firm, but it’s just a thin layer of hardened calcium and salts. Wrong amount of pressure in the wrong spot, and in you go.

  3. Hugh Mobley Avatar
    Hugh Mobley

    Needs MAX fine and BANNED from Park!

  4. Steven Hauptman Avatar
    Steven Hauptman

    ASSHOLE. Needs hefty fine, banishment from all National Parks and community service at Humane Society for putting animal in danger.

  5. North Polar Avatar
    North Polar

    Wasn’t there a guy and his dog that got boiled to death last year doing the same retarded thing? Dog fell into the hot springs, and guy jumped in after it. Both got cooked.

  6. Bruce Kinnaird Scott Avatar
    Bruce Kinnaird Scott

    He should be banned from owning a dog for life

  7. MiamiC70 Avatar
    MiamiC70

    If dog jumps into boiling lake it’s Darwin at work. I’m betting dogs are smarter than most people.