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Wild horses at Outer Banks make it through Hurricane Florence

OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) - The wild horses that roam many parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks made it safely through the severe weather caused by Hurricane Florence this week. 

According to a Facebook post from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Saturday, all of the ponies that call Ocracoke Island home were safe and sound. Even their pony pen stood undamaged. 

A similar sight was seen a little over 100 miles north of Ocracoke in the towns of Carova and Corolla.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, a group devoted to protecting and managing the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs, posted a message on its Facebook page saying the horses were "doing their normal thing - grazing, socializing, and wondering what us crazy humans are all worked up over."

Forecasts earlier in the week that showed Florence potentially making a more direct hit on the northern Outer Banks had many people worried about how the horses would fare.

But wildlife experts had said there was no need to worry.

The Cape Lookout National Seashore said in a Facebook post that it would provide an update on a herd of horses at another location - Shackleford Banks - just as soon as staff could return to do condition assessments.


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