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September 16, 2019

Here's How North Carolina’s Wild Horses Have Survived Hurricanes

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Hurricane Dorian struck with tragic devastation. However, the majestic breed of wild horses living in North Carolina’s Outer Banks used their natural defenses against the storm.

According to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which looks after the herd of wild horses in the area, the animals are more adept at dealing with the hurricane than human beings.

"They'll likely ride out winds and rain as their ancestors did before them — in huddles, butts to the wind,” said the organization. 

It also stated that the wild horses have a trick that they have been carrying out for over 500 years to protect themselves against such disasters.

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The herd moves to the higher grounds and gather under strong oak trees to survive the storm.

According to the authorities, the animals sensed the danger in days prior to the storm due to a change in air pressure. They had begun grouping together much earlier.

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BUT THEY WERE NOT LEFT ON THEIR OWN

Additionally, the Fund also stocked up the food, water, and other necessary supplies for the horses at the farm.

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The horses had extra hay and grain as well as troughs filled with water. To further ensure their safety during the storm, the horses had ID tags braided into their manes, and the herd manager saw out the storm at the farm along with the animals.

A close monitoring a few days before the storm suggested that the horses were healthy and in good shape.

A HISTORY OF SURVIVAL

Last year, during Hurricane Florence as well, the wild horses used their natural survival tactics to see out the storm.

Herd manager Meg Puckett explained to CNN at the time that the horses were not deterred by the storm and had a strong will to live.

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Puckett informed that the horses use their “incredible instincts” to survive during such situations.

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"We're already seeing them group up together. They go into the maritime forest, where they get under the cover of the live oak trees that protect them and go to the highest ground," he said.

Meanwhile, there are a few other breeds of animals who tragically lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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