A wild, yearling colt, in Corolla, North Carolina, died because of humans who had no regard for his safety. The colt, known as Danny, died after choking on an apple which was given to him.
The tragic loss was recounted by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund this week:
Friday evening we lost Danny, a yearling colt, in a horrific, devastating, completely preventable way. Danny choked on an apple. Read that again – Danny choked on an apple. When we say that apples and carrots KILL wild horses, we are not kidding. We are not being overly dramatic. We are not using scare tactics. Apples and carrots KILL wild horses.
Danny was killed by humans who had no regard for the safety of the horses. No regard for the health of the horses. No regard for the laws put in place to protect the horses.
Someone contacted the organization after spotting the colt and noticing that he was in distress. The agency described how the colt suffered:
We arrived on the scene Friday morning and under the direction of our vet, administered a sedative to try and relax his esophagus and allow the obstruction to pass. He was loaded into the trailer and taken to the rescue farm where the vet was waiting for us.
The sedative did help pass the obstruction (the apple), but upon examination, we discovered that it had been lodged in his throat long enough to cause an infection and most likely a rupture to his esophagus.
Danny was stabilized, but died on Friday night. He suffered a traumatic head injury, believed to be from him thrashing around as he was choking. His damaged esophagus also is believed to have caused bleeding into his lungs. Suffice to say, this young colt suffered greatly before he died.
The organization pleaded with the public to be careful around the herd, and to stop interacting with them:
All of this could have been prevented. Danny didn’t deserve to die this way. The herd doesn’t deserve to lose a young horse like this. And it should not take a horse dying from being fed for there to be a serious wake-up call.
But here we are. So let’s not let Danny’s death be in vain. Stop feeding the horses. Stop touching the horses, Stop interacting with the horses. If the horses come up to you, walk away. Secure your belongings on the beach. Pick up your garbage.
(CWHF photo by Bruce Wilkins, Corolla NC, April 2019)
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