The beauty and grace of a wild animal have undoubtedly caught humans’ attention. Many of us have even packed up our bags to view these beauties in their natural habitat. Forget the caged zoo. If I had funds, I would certainly book a ticket to safari to see them out in the wild or to Assateague Island of Maryland, the kingdom of wild horses. While it is fun to embark the grace of this majestic creature, we need to follow some precautionary majors. The warning signs like: “Keep a distance from the animal.” is there for our safety. They might have no previous experience of a human touch, which may bring them to a defense mode. There is a reason why they are called wild animals.
This is precisely what happened to the Speedo-clad man. He took the trip for a relaxing time by himself on the beach of Assateague Island, situated at the coast of Maryland. Despite continuous warning from the beachgoers, the man reached out to pet the brown wild horse’s stomach. Upon contact, the horse immediately went on a defense mode, and kicked him in his privates sending a clear message of: “Don’t touch me!”. And Oh! The message hurts. We still don’t know if the beachgoers came to help him as the video stops right after he flies to the ground.
Well, at least the man’s got a good story to tell on his next beach party. And he surely would think twice before pulling off such a daring act again. Despite National Parks and Wildlife Service ‘s constant warning, ‘enjoy their beauty from a distance,’ this sort of incident is common to the beach. They state:
“Visitors are kicked, bitten, and knocked down every year as a direct result of getting too close to the wild horses. Treating wild horses like tame animals takes away the wildness that makes them special. Protect your family by respecting theirs. Give the horses the space they need to be wild.”
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