From the Joplin Globe (Missouri): Last winter, as most Southwest Missouri residents took shelter from the wave of ice that pummeled the region, Noppadol Paothong stood alone in the middle of Prairie State Park.
The 34-year-old former Joplin resident had spent the better part of four days in the deserted state park in Barton County braving the elements as he sought to take pictures of the bison herd that roams the tall grass prairie.
Watching through the lens, he saw one of the animals peel from the herd and begin making its way toward him.
Paothong, a photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said he’s been chased by all manner of animals (including snapping turtles and snakes). As a joke, his co-workers at the department even gave him a piece of Plexiglas to use as a shield to protect himself.