Horses are among the most loving and devoted creatures, especially when one of their own lives is in danger. These magnificent animals are always willing to risk their lives to protect their families. Horses are brave when it comes to defending the people they care about, whether they live on a farm or in the wild.
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.
The greatest national forest in Arizona, which was formerly home to thousands of wild horses, is now only home to a small number of mustang families. As a result, when Park Service volunteer Becky Standridge noticed a group eating on the banks of the Salt River, he knew exactly who they were. It was the well-known Champ, a powerful stallion, and his sizable offspring.
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 powerful currents proved to be too swift and forceful for a foal without much experience. The young child appeared to be doomed when, in a matter of seconds, the swift river swallowed her whole. Thankfully, the powerful Champ came to the rescue.
The enormous stallion approached the little horse and pointed her in the proper direction after spotting how hard it was for her to keep her head above water. Like a loving father, he took the helpless foal under his wing and cared for her until she made it to the river’s safe waters and, finally, to the shores on the other side.
The dramatic scene was caught on in a series of heartwarming photos! Take a peek: