North Carolina

Wild horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks welcome first baby of season, group says

A wild horse seen playing on a North Carolina beach was the first born this season to a group of wild mustangs on the Outer Banks, according to a group that works to protect the horses.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted Monday afternoon on Facebook a photo of a foal with three horses and said the baby was “born in the last 24 hours or so.”

The young mustang was “spotted romping the beach with mom” in the northern Outer Banks and seems to be in good health, according to OBX Today.

While the fund says it doesn’t know the new horse’s sex, its herd manager Meg Puckett “thinks the baby’s a boy,” per OBX Today.

The new addition joins a herd estimated at 90 to 100 horses, Jo Langone, chief operating officer, told McClatchy in a phone interview. Langone said the goal is for the herd to be healthy and isn’t sure how many more babies will be born this season.

“We always hope for about five or six,” Langone said.

In the meantime, people “lucky enough to see” the new horse are encouraged to keep their distance, according to the fund’s Facebook post.

“With all of them, especially with the foal, they should follow the local ordinance of staying 50 feet away,” Langone said, adding that the measure is for the safety of both people and the wild animals.