He has to admit — the warning signs were there.
A man enjoying a day at the beach on Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, had his fun cut short after attempting to pet one of the park’s wild horses, in spite of multiple signs warning against interacting with the animals.
The Assateague horse, also called the Chincoteague Pony, was just trying to mind its own business — and let the man in a Speedo know it was not interested in his advances by giving him a swift kick in the groin.
The anonymous animal lover then collapsed before others nearby came to his aid.
Footage of the incident shows a man approach the pony and reach his arm to its side, barely making contact with the animal before getting the message: don’t touch me.
Wild horses have inhabited the island since the 17th century when they were first brought over by settlers, and have existed undisturbed for centuries thanks to federal protections, The Sun reports. The island is home to about 300 ponies, split between Virginia and Maryland which share a border on Assateague.
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