Flight Before the Wild Horses' Charge

Kira Hagen

Joined November 2007

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This photo shows a large herd of wild horses on the Danube Delta, in Romania, charging directly at me. Well, there was no where to run so I kept shooting and they turned before trampling us. I didn’t notice that they’d scared up a pheasant while charging until I saw the photos afterwards!

This herd is descended from a domestic herd which was let loose from a failed farm about 9 years ago, our guide told us. There are about 130 or so horses in it now. The field they’re in used to be a lake until the local government gave permission for it to be turned into a fish farm to a local businessman; instead of cultivating anything, he drained it, collected and sold the fish left flopping, and then left. Now it’s just pastureland.

Between feral animals like the horses and land management practices like that, the Danube delta is a seriously endangered environment.

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