Fearless horse struts up to wolf pack, acts playful

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Feb. 21, 2018 at 2:47 PM
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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A photographer searching for wolves in Italy found a group of the animals as well as something more bizarre -- a fearless horse frolicking among them.

Fabrizio Giammatteo said he was out looking for wolves to photograph in the Acciano area when he came across a pack of six wolves resting in the sun.

Giammatteo said he started filming when he spotted a horse grazing nearby. The photographer said he nicknamed the brave horse "Orazio."

The video shows Orazio nonchalantly walking among the wolves as the predators look at it in confusion.

The horse walks right through the wolf pack and even stops to roll in the snow, exposing its belly.

"He boldly went to the wolves and told them a thing or two, they may be predators, but that is his land and he knows his horse rights," Giammatteo wrote.

He said wolves in the area have been known to hunt and kill horses, making the equine's bold behavior -- and the wolves' fascinated reactions -- unusual.

"If I hadn't seen a scene like that I would have never believed it was possible," he said.

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