New Addition To Ocracoke Pony Herd

The Ocracoke pony herd has a new member. Paloma was born Monday morning to Spirit, who is a full-blooded Ocracoke pony.

The ponies on the island date back to the 16th or 17th century, according to the National Park Service. Legend has it the "Banker" horses were left by shipwrecked explorers.

In 1959, the free-roaming animals were permanently penned to prevent over-grazing and to keep them safe from traffic after the highway was built on Ocracoke in 1957. The National Park Service has taken care of the pony herd since the early 1960's.

Children from the Ocracoke School named Paloma, which means "dove" in Spanish. Paloma makes the 19th member of the herd.

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  • by Andrew Location: Johnson on Apr 13, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    So a Herd of 18 had a foal. You need over 100 horses to maintain genetic diversity. Hmmm....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 01:25 PM
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    So beautiful. Thank God for all the beauty he gives us.
  • by T on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Nice to see some good "news" up here. Might seem trivial to some folks but these are beautiful animals and they should be appreciated.
  • by Theresa Location: Williamston on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    What a beautiful pony!! After all the negativity in our country lately, it is good to see something so new and innocent. Love it. Does a spirit good.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    Well,there ya go. Now try and tell me that evalution is true. Just like what the Bible says that God created EACH ONE AFTER ITS OWN KIND. GLORY TO GOD.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    That is wonderful news!

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