Hurricane Irene Brings New Foal To Shackleford Horses

Hurricane Irene didn't interfere with Mother Nature on the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

A Shackleford horse was born, immediately after the hurricane struck.

The Foundation for Shackleford Horses says it's believed the new colt was born Sunday. They spotted the new foal when surveying the Shacklefords after the hurricane.

The foal has been appropriately named "Aftermath". His proud mom is Anastasia.


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  • by child of the King Location: raleigh on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    We had the pleasure of going to Shackleford Banks on Sat after the hurricane and seeing little Aftermath in person. He is a beautiful foal and was there surrounded by his mother and father and 6 other horses in his "herd". They let us get about 10-20 feet from them. Amazing. The destruction I saw on the island was from the tires, docks, decks and other random debris washed about from Irene. As I understand it these horses came from Spain hundreds of years ago, much like many of us. They are probably as native as tires and docks that were washed up.
  • by lover of all God's critters Location: FL on Sep 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    It is the human critter who hurts the eco system. We destroy all God created including ourselves. Have you ever looked a hugh whale in the eye (an experience to be remembered)? Look at this little "beauty" and then at yourself. Perhaps you should move to another planet.
  • by beagle on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Yes Vince, it is tough for people to see past the "beauty". There is no debate among scientists that non-native feral populations of animals are anything but bad for an ecosystem. When the feral hogs start taking over folks yards in a few years these same folks will not be saying it's fine and dandy. I don't imagine most of them would hesitate to bait a rat trap if they were sharing the same real estate. It's all about emotion and not science and protecting the native wildlife plants and animals. Why is there a population control program? Because if left alone, they would destroy much of the ecosystem they live on. http://people.uncw.edu/taggartj/documents/naar-28-2-187-195-e.pdf I love seeing the horses, but they bring no good to the ecosystem. I would be sad to see them go, but if they went, I would recognise it was for the best.
  • by Vince on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    I have responded to some responses individually. Others were too ludicrous to even respond too. I'm not saying these horses should be outright killed, although that is one option. Another option is to contain them to a very small portion of the barrier islands to minimize their long-term impacts. Or they could be captured and transferred to private or other public ownership. If you spend even a small amount of time researching this subject you will learn these horses are bad for the natural ecosystems of the barrier islands. They only provide two benefits: (1) bring in tourist money and (2) serve as a charismatic animal to give people a warm, fuzzy feeling. Why does it all have to be about money? Why let yourself be manipulated by these nonnative, destructive species when the real beauty of the barrier islands is being destroyed by them? Are you that naive and easily tricked because they animals are cute and "cuddly?" Why doesn't the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want them on their properties? If we had centuries-old populations of savage wild dogs on the barrier islands would there be as much support for their continued existence? If the answer is "NO," then why do we allow the horses there. My position is reality, whether you want to believe it or not. Sometimes it's good to hear the cold-hearted truth, whether you want to hear it or not.
  • by Horse Lover Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    Aftermath is such a beautiful foal, very proud of its mom to be able to bring this beautiful lil guy into this world during such devesating weather.And to critterlover,Aftermath looks like your typical newborn,he will begin to fatten up as he begins to eat more....
  • by Aftermath Location: enc on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    He is lovely. Nice bone, bright eyed and looking strong! To critterlover-he will being to put on weight, but they are not born fat!
  • by mom on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    I am sure that a lot of people will try to see this beauty. Those horses on the banks are amazing. Such beautiful creatures to survive in the conditions that they must.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    Vince, you must be crazy if those horses cause diseases and destruct the ecosystem. I'm as anti-PETA as one can get but come on dude. Horses bring in the $$$$$$$ to the coast.
  • by bear on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    A beautiful baby!
  • by summer Location: bath on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    " Aftermath" you are beautiful and so is your mom, Thank God for you and your beauty :)
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