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David Whitney said he was relaxing on a beach on Assateague Island in Maryland when he noticed a group of horses ransacking beachgoers’ belongings as they walked down the beach.
“We (along with most other people) noticed a fairly large group (about five to six in size) of horses go onto the beach after the lifeguards left,” David told The Dodo.
David said that he’s been to this beach on Assateague Island multiple times before and has never seen them loitering in the sand before rummaging through people’s stuff.
The group of horses walked down the beach, and for each pile of stuff that was unguarded by its owners, it got snooped through.
David told The Dodo that he believes the horses were searching for snacks and by the time many people noticed the horses were in their stuff, it was too late.
The hungry horses refused to walk away empty-handed and dragged coolers and other belongings with them down the beach.
“The horses probably hit more than a dozen different groups as they made their way down the beach,” David said.
Bystanders watching couldn’t help but laugh at the adorable band of pickpocketing horse thieves.
“At first we just thought the situation was cute and funny,” David said. “The horses weren’t being very destructive and were just going through people’s stuff. However, as they went down the beach, they became more forceful and aggressive, with the horses busting open coolers.”
Authorities on the island said that the horses are normally very tame, but if people start to feed them, they become more aggressive when they go back asking for more.
This is why there are signs up warning visitors not to feed the horses.
“Nobody got hurt, so things remained largely entertaining, but it was a good reminder to people that these horses are still wild,” David said.
The island officials ended the discussion by saying that the horses are wild and the island is their home, this will probably happen again to beachgoers that leave their stuff unattended.
Authorities said people just need to make sure they stay with their stuff and they shouldn’t have any problems with the horses.