Meet Champ, a wild stallion who has demonstrated just how caring and selfless some animals can be.
He resides in the Tonto National Park in Arizona and this is where the remarkable incident occurred, luckily for us, it was caught by a Park Service Volunteer named Becky Standridge.
” Champ and his family were grazing along the banks of the Salt River when another team of horses showed up on the opposite bank.”
” Among the other group were 2 playful colts.”
” Champ and his household became curious about the other horses.”
” Champ and a few of the horses started crossing the river to greet the other horses, when suddenly the river’s current forced a young filly under the water.”
” She was pulled under the water and came to the surface in a panic!”
” Champ swam over to her and tried to grab the filly by the side of her neck but he was not able to get a hold of her.”
” The filly began to be swept downstream by the current. However Champ did not give up.”
” Champ damaged from the team and swam after her.”
” This time he was able to grab her by the back of her neck.”
” He held her gently and did not let go until she was safely back onshore.”
” When on the river bank, the relieved filly headed directly to her mother.”
” Champ continued on to see the other horses.”
” He met with the stallion of the various other group and the two horses welcomed each other with mutual respect.”
” Afterwards, Champ returned to his family and the herd continued on their way.”