If you had to guess what animal would win in a race between a grizzly bear and a horse, you’d probably go with the horse right?
Judging by this trail camera footage that was shared by the Help Alberta Wildies Society (non-profit that advocates for protection of wild horses), things might not be that simple.
I was very much surprised to see that Grizzly bears, though they might look a little “chunky” sometimes, they can run like the wind.
Two separate trail cams that are set up along the Canadian Rocky Mountains caught this scary high speed chase on camera earlier this month. The clip starts by setting the scene with footage from the day before the chase, with the wild horse band being comprised of about nine adults along with a couple of young foals mixed in.
The next part of the video then cuts to the following day, where the same group of horses go running through a creek just after dawn being closely and scarily followed by a large grizzly bear only seconds later.
After the first grizzly bear goes through, another one (presumably a partner) follows the scent of the chase and runs along after the group from a distance.
Another camera that is set up again catches a glimpse of the horse band running along together as a group again, this time showing the foals amongst the horses a little more clearly.
Shockingly, it seems that the first bear has kept a pretty good pace with the horses and is only seconds behind them at this point.
The video explains that they don’t have another camera to confirm whether or not some of the wild horses did not make it, but they were particularly worried about the foals, which is likely what the bear was going after.
The Facebook post was captioned with:
“Showing the Wild Horse band that was chased by the Grizzly Bear. Grizzly can sustain a run at 25-28 mph for up to 2 miles.
We won’t know until our next camera run if all of this band made it.”