An obviously overconfident, speedo-rocking beachgoer learned exactly why Assateague Island, Maryland, authorities warn visitors to leave the wild horses there alone.
In a video, the man attempts to pet the large animal, only to receive a swift kick to the groin for his efforts. (Go ahead, we know you want to watch it again!)
The estimated 300 horses who call the island home are a popular sight for locals and tourists alike. No one knows for sure how horses got to Assateague in the first place, but according to local fable, some survived a shipwreck near the island some three centuries ago. Regardless of how they showed up, wildlife officials have urged everyone to allow these local legends to live in peace.
Animals Aren’t Props, and They’re Not Here for Our Entertainment
Many times, when humans try to encroach on an animal’s home, someone ends up hurt or even dead. Just last month, Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed a bear after the animal became too comfortable around selfie-taking humans.
After seeing beachgoers step on turtles, baby tigers torn away from their mothers, and multiple animals dragged to their deaths, we admit that it’s satisfying whenever animals successfully defend themselves against unwanted attention. We hope this man took home a valuable lesson about respecting others.
Give Wildlife a Break—They’re Just Trying to Live
Like the horse in this story, other animals have feelings and lead lives independent of humans. Remember, when we go into nature, we’re visitors in their homes. So leave wildlife in peace. If there’s any possibility that an encounter or photo is going to hurt or stress an animal, it’s not worth it.
Don’t let the actions of rowdy, selfie-obsessed tourists speak for all humans. Click the link below to find out how you can help do good by wildlife today.