A wild stallion was recently removed from Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland because it was not shy about approaching humans and stealing food from them. Instead of being destroyed, the horse was taken to the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center and retrained for adoption, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports.
While most wild stallions on the island can be shooed away from food, Fabio, 18, a harem stallion, had been fed by visitors too many times, causing him to be dominant and aggressive toward humans who tried to shoo him away. He was deemed too risky to let it live in the wild among visitors for any longer, the news source reports.
However, he was not deemed too dangerous for retraining. The HSUS and The Fund for Animals are working together to rehabilitate Fabio at the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center in Texas. This center takes in formerly abused or neglected horses and retrains them to be adoptable, according to the media outlet.
According to Paws.org, feeding wild animals
can be harmful in many ways. It teaches them to depend on humans, which causes them to lack self-sustaining skills, and they lose their fear of humans, which means they could be mistaken as rabid and killed by animal control officers who are looking out for public safety.