“Our observer watched as the helicopter came back over to the pair,” Kuhn said. “From the video, you can tell that the mother is obviously stressed. She doesn’t have her herd with her, and she’s trying to look after her baby. You can just see her trotting around, trying to decide her next move.”
When the pair refused to move for the helicopter, two wranglers on horseback arrived to try and catch them.
“As a last-ditch effort to protect her baby, the mare charged one of the wranglers on horseback, and sent him away from the foal,” Kuhn said. “I have never seen that happen in all of the years I have been doing this work — a mare trying to protect her foal in that way.”