‘Super fuzzy’ animal found on Outer Banks came as a pleasant surprise

Dated: February 23 2024

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An adorable little horse in white “stockings” has been seen roaming North Carolina’s Outer Banks, leading experts to conclude a wild foal was born weeks earlier than in years past. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund shared photos of the foal in a Feb. 12 Facebook post, declaring it the first foal of 2024 on the northern end of the barrier islands. It is a male, just a week old and has been named Eros. “Definitely early in foaling season,” the fund wrote. “We usually start seeing foals in March and often they are already a week or so old before we see them for the first time.”

Wild mares typically vanish into the maritime forest to give birth, then emerge weeks later with a foal awkwardly tagging along behind them. Photos show the foal is mostly tan, except for legs covered in white fur from hoof to hip.

“That will shed out and his legs will end up being dark. But it is so so cute while it lasts!” the fund noted. “They’re all born super fuzzy and then shed their first coat after the first few months of their life. Calories from mom will keep him/her warmest but the thick, waterproof coat definitely helps too!”

The foal arrived at a time when temperatures can fall below freezing, but fund officials noted the wild horses “are built to withstand much colder temperatures.” Just over 100 wild horses are in the Corolla herd, which is tended by the nonprofit fund. Humans are among the greatest dangers facing foals, the fund said. “Remember, if you are lucky enough to see them please keep your distance! Stress can cause all kinds of issues, including rejection and aggression from the adults,” the fund said.

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Alex Argiroff

With a degree in Marine Biology Alex has always been drawn to the ocean and so it was no surprise when he moved to the Outer Banks with his wife and 3 children in 1989 from Stone Harbor, NJ. Having ow....

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