Nature never ceases to amaze me about unexpected friendships between various species of animals. This time, a herd of horses appears to be sharing an affectionate moment with a penguin who has disappeared.
The penguin was separated from its colony and was left alone on the icy ground of the Falklands Islands. Horses were the only ones who decided to help the bird that was lost in a touching scene. It could be one of the most unlikely friendships, as the Daily Mail reported.
The moments were captured by the wildlife photographer Sarah Crofts who’s also a member of the Falklands Conservation group. The adorable snaps were taken at the Cape Pembrokeshire Nature Reserve. And I just can’t imagine something more touching than the moment when the horses are touching their noses with the bird’s beak.
“At first I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, I think the horses were as shocked as I was. I didn’t think the horses would take much notice of the penguin but I couldn’t believe how fascinated they were with it. I’m really enthusiastic about horses and penguins so it was an incredible moment to witness,” Sarah Crofts said.
“At first the herd approached the penguin slowly and with their heads low so they could check him out at eye level.But it didn’t take long for the horses to become braver and soon they were nose to beak, it was such a lovely moment,” she added.
Somehow, the horses felt the penguin was all alone and scared.Therefore they’ve tried to do anything to protect him and to make sure he feels comfortable. Even if at the beginning it looked more like a game, after a while the horses keep their eyes on the bird, just as the parents do with their little ones.
“The horses were genuinely curious about the penguin and it seemed to turn into a game for them where they’d check him out one by one and then run off. After a while it was as if the horses didn’t want to let the penguins out of their sights,” Sarah said.