Never mind about a dog’s life! What about a horse’s life?
Dramatic footage of a horse attacking an alligator in Florida has surfaced online.
The horse is definitely just protecting its herd, but poor alligator…it just wants to cross on the other side of the road.
When being chased or disturbed a horse kicks the predator in the face with their hindlegs, and when cornered or brought to a standstill, they’ll also fight with their forelegs (which can pack a punch almost as strong as the hinds). They can also fight, as well with their strong teeth that could easily rip apart the skin of a grown wolf. Well, I think this is exactly what happened here. This is the fate of the poor alligator… you shouldn’t have crossed to the other side of the road gator!
Krystal Berry and her friends went to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park on April 12 to celebrate their recent graduation from nursing school in Ocala. They probably weren’t expecting to witness a titanic clash of nature. Berry and her friends spotted a group of horses at the park, including a mare and her foal. The group’s stallion spotted the alligator at about the same time as Berry and her friends. He chased the reptile away, as seen in this video shot by one of Berry’s friends. The alligator appears to be minding its own business when one of a string of nearby wild horses speeds towards it. If you look closely, the gator can clearly be seen biting the horse as it tries to kick its head.
The alligator twists and tries to take a bite of the horse, but he is not quite quick enough. The horse then stamps on him with a deafening crunch, though neither appears to be seriously injured immediately following the fight.
A gasp can be heard from the group as they witnessed the horse stomp the gator. Berry stated that she was “still shaking” hours after the event. The animals didn’t show any signs of stress or bleeding according to Berry, who asked park officials to check if they were harmed after the scuffle.
A horse primarily escapes danger by fleeing. However, when cornered, the animal can lash out physically, relying on bucking, biting, kicking, rearing and striking to drive predators away. A horse generally prefers to be kept somewhere in the open, where it can run away if necessary.
While a domestic horse is typically docile under human care, its defense mechanisms can sometimes be redirected towards humans as an act of rebellion or an attempt to escape harsh handling. When a horse is unable to flee as it prefers, it turns to attack the cause of its fear. Despite being prey animals and largely domesticated, a scared horse should be treated like a wild animal until it calms down.
While a horse’s body language can vary, it generally indicates panic or fear by running, sometimes attempting to leap paddock fences in an effort to escape.
Sometimes the herd can form circles around the foals. Or if they are running, they can kick and bite. If you get bit or kicked by a horse, I’m sure the thing that is trying to harm them will leave them alone. But when it comes to humans, kicking and biting kind of applies, but basically their main way would be to run. Horses also have eyes set on either side of their head, allowing them to spot predators from further distances.
Also they avoid places where they’ve learned their predators tend to lurk in, and at all times they keep their eyes, ears and noses on high alert. Even at night, they’ll sleep in turns so there’s always at least a pair of eyes, ears and noses looking out for danger, ready to warn the herd so everyone can escape.
Talk about odd animal enemies?!!
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