The penguin broke away from the rest of the group and stayed alone on the icy terrain.
When it comes to unusual friendships between different animal species, nature never ceases to amaze me. This time, the herd of horses seem to be having friendly moments with the lost penguin.
The penguin broke away from the rest of the group and found himself alone on the icy terrain of the Falkland Islands. According to the Daily Mail, only these horses agreed to help the bewildered bird in a touching episode depicting the most unlikely partnership.
Sarah Crofts, a wildlife photographer and member of the Falkland Islands Conservation Group, captured these moments. The lovely photos were taken in the Cape Pembrokeshire Nature Reserve. And I can’t think of anything more touching than the moment when the horses touch.
“At first I couldn’t believe what I saw, and I guess the horses were just as surprised as I was”. I didn’t think the horses would be interested in the penguin, but they were completely fascinated by it. Sarah Crofts said, “I’m a big fan of horses and penguins, so it was fantastic to watch”.
“At first, the penguins approached him carefully and with their heads down, which allowed them to see him at eye level.
But the horses were not afraid for long, and soon they were nose to beak, which was such a great moment”, she continued.
The horses got the impression that the penguin was alone and scared. As a result, they did everything possible to ensure his safety and comfort.
Even if at first it seemed more like a game, horses eventually focus on the bird, just like parents do with their children.
“The horses were genuinely interested in the penguin and it seemed like they were turning into a game as they examined him one by one before taking off running.
“It seemed like the horses didn’t want to let the penguins out of their sight after a while”, Sarah said.