We all know how rambunctious three-year-olds can be. This simply sounds like an example of what can happen if you lose track of one even for an instant.

Yellowstone National Park officials tell us that on Friday (October 9), a three-year-old suffered second-degree-thermal burns to the lower body and back.  The incident occurred near the Fountain Freight Road, near Midway Geyser Basin.

Apparently the youngster just took off running from the trail, slipped and then fell into a small thermal feature. Due to the injuries, the child was life-flighted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. There was no other information on how the incident occurred or the condition of the toddler. Here is hoping for the best and a quick recovery.

The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface. Visitors must always remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features.

This is the second significant injury in a thermal area in 2020. In May, a woman entered the park illegally and fell into a thermal feature at Old Faithful while backing up and taking photos. And there have been other such incidents in recent years in Yellowstone as well.

September, 2019: a man suffered severe burns after falling into thermal water near the cone of Old Faithful Geyser.

June, 2017: a man sustained severe burns after falling in a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin.

June, 2016: a man left the boardwalk and died after slipping into a hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin.


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