A TOURIST got the shock of their life after getting far too close to a King’s Guard horse.
Smirking away the bloke puts his arm around his fellow poser, and they flash their pearly whites.
But seconds later the hoofed beast, ridden by a soldier from the Blues and Royals, swivels its head.
It then makes a beeline for the oblivious tourist’s coat before taking a big Christmas Day nibble out of his arm.
Utterly petrified by the nip, the man jumps out of his skin as he lets out a panicked “urgghh”.
The scaredy-cat then barges his female companion out the way as he gallops to safety.
The December 25 incident sparked rapturous laughter amongst onlookers at the popular tourist attraction, a stones throw from Buckingham Palace.
And it was enough to give the usually unflappable mounted trooper from the Household Cavalry a big grin.
But it was clear to everyone apart from the spooked duo that they clearly hadn’t got the memo, screaming at them from a sign right behind them.
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In big bold letters, it warns punters: “Beware horses may kick or bite!”
One Facebook user was left in hysterics by the video uploaded on the social media site, scherzando: “Haha and what does that sign next to him say?”
A second chimed: “Must have thought there were treats hidden.”
While a third joshed: “Hungry horse.”
It’s not the first time tourists have had run-ins with the iconic guards in the arches at Horse Guards Parade.
All'inizio di questo mese a Life Guard lost his temper at a tourist after she hit his horse three times.
The young woman was posing for a photo when the animal apparently got too close and she repeatedly slapped it away.
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1992, as a union between two of the most senior regiments in the British Army: the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.
The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals have existed for centuries – carrying out duties since the 1660s.