Earlier this week, a CUT OFF foot was found inside a shoe in Yellowstone National Park.
A park employee found part of the foot inside the shoe floating in the Abyss Pool, a hot pool in the West Thumb Geyser Basin.
“Since the discovery, rangers have reopened the temporarily closed West Thumb Geyser Basin and parking lot to visitors,” Morgan Warthin, a park spokeswoman, said in a statement.
“An investigation is underway.”
Abyss Pool is located in the southern part of Yellowstone.
The pool is more than 50 feet deep and is one of the deepest hot springs in the park.
It has an average temperature of 140 degrees.
“The park is unable to provide any further details on this incident at this time,” Warthin said.
“We will be making more information available to the public over the next few days.
Jen Mignard, a Montana resident, happened to be near the pool to do an interview for a story Unrelated when the area was closed to the public.
“We knew something bad had happened,” she told Cowboy State Daily.
“It was such an unusual sight in the park,” she said. “There was a lot of fear and apprehension that something was seriously wrong. It was a dark feeling.”
Describing the scene, Mignard said the parking lot was empty except for two passenger cars and yellow police tape running the length.
She said there were several police vehicles in the area.
“The police cordon tape actually stretched the full length of the geyser basin through the trees,” she said, also pointing out a helicopter that flew into the area while she was having lunch.
“Helicopters don’t fly here,” she said. “There were too many coincidences. Something big was going on.”
Yellowstone’s geysers and geothermal waters draw many visitors to the national park.
The natural phenomenon can be deadly, however, as more than 20 people have been killed by some of the park’s dangerously boiling waters.
Yellowstone shared some cautionary tales on its website, explaining the importance of following rules when visiting the park.
Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, slipped and fell to his death in a hot spring on June 7, 2016, Park Rangers reported.
He and his sister were illegally exiting the boardwalk and walking 200 yards into the Norris Geyser Basin when the incident occurred.
Scott fell in Yellowstone’s boiling waters, which were as hot as 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and unfortunately rangers were unable to recover his body.
In 1970, a nine-year-old New York boy stumbled on the boardwalk in the Old Faithful neighborhood, historical parks archivist Lee H. Whittlesey documented.
The boy fell into boiling hot water and swam a few times before tragically sinking in front of his family.
Another 24-year-old man died in 1981 from third-degree burns after jumping into the Celestine Pool after a friend’s dog.
Since the park has around 4 million visitors each year, it’s important to note that this statistic is pretty small.
The terrifying Yellowstone scenery and wildlife are still harrowing.
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