Horses are among the most affectionate and protective animals, especially when the life of one of their own is at stake. These majestic creatures are always ready to put their lives on the line, for the seek of their families. Whether they live at a farm, or in the wilderness, horses are all fearless when it comes to protecting those they care.
This it was a wild stallion that stepped up and saved the day, when a young and unexperienced foal struggled to cross a river. The dramatic moment unfolded at the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, and thankfully one of the rangers witnessed the scene and even caught it on camera.
Once roamed by thousands of wild horses, now the largest national forest in Arizona only host a few families of mustangs. So when the Park Service volunteer Becky Standridge spotted a group enjoying their meal on the Salt River’s banks, he immediately recognized them. It was the famous Champ – a dominant stallion – with his large family.
It was such a quiet sunny afternoon, when the peaceful atmosphere was suddenly interrupted by some noisy neighs coming from the other side of the river. Though, they are pretty territorial animals, horses are pretty peaceful(excepting the mating season). So, even though, the two groups of horses initially ignored each other, the fearless Champ eventually decided to cross the river and investigate.
Only the strong currents proved too fast and too strong for an unexperienced foal. Within seconds, the little one found herself swallowed by the rapid river and it seems she was facing a certain fate. Fortunately, the strong Champ was there to save the day.
When noticing the young horse was really struggling to keep her head afloat, the massive stallion approached her and guided her to the right direction. Just like a protective father, he took the distressed foal under his wing and protected her until she reached the safety waters, and then eventually the banks on the other side of the river.
The dramatic scene was caught on in a series of heartwarming photos! Take a peek: