New Colt Born On Ocracoke Island

National Park Service photo

There a new wild pony on Ocracoke Island, another sure sign of spring!

The National Park Service says "Captain" is a new colt who was born on Wednesday. His mother is "Jitterbug".

He is one of 18 banker horses that live on Ocracoke. It is believed the ponies are descendants of horses left on the island by shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century.

The Park Service says at one time there were more than 300 horses on Ocracoke. In the late 1950's the ponies were permanently penned to protect them from traffic after the highway was built and to prevent over-grazing.