The wild horses of North Carolina weathered Hurricane Florence in the face of fierce winds and heavy rains. For the last 500 years, the mustangs have lived along the Outer Banks and apparently knew exactly what to do as the hurricane approached.
According to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page, the wild horses were
“well-equipped to deal with the rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry and are probably in better shape than most of us humans who are scrambling with final preparations,” the organization’s encouraging post predicted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence slowly inched her way towards landfall.
As of Friday, herd manager Meg Pluckett, stated there were no horse fatalities. In addition, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, that is home to 18 wild horses that either have injuries or are being rehabilitated at the farm, has no damage.
On Saturday, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a public statement that the ponies on Ocracoke Island were all safe. The National Park Service announced visitor facilities are expected to open on Sunday.
As for the wild horses, it is no doubt they found cover and dry areas. Although there is some danger of local flooding, the horses all seem unconcerned and have been quietly going about their day to day lives. The tides are high, and so they are likely staying away from the beach where they like to roam and graze.
(Photos via Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook and Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
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