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'Bravo' joins Corolla wild horse group despite bold escape

Posted September 20, 2021 10:51 p.m. EDT
Updated September 21, 2021 12:09 a.m. EDT

— The Corolla Wild Horse Fund gained a new addition to the family last weekend.

The fund's Facebook page posted these pictures to from Heidi Thomas.

Bravo was born Saturday afternoon but somehow managed to escape the next day.

The post described an episode where the fund officials almost couldn't find Bravo. Fortunately, Bravo was spotted a couple streets down with a few other horses.

"They gave us quite a scare Sunday morning when we went out to check on them. The adult horses were fine and behaving normally but there was no foal to be found. Cora Mae, the mother, was not acting stressed at all so we were quite stumped. We scoured the surrounded area (woods, canals, under houses) and couldn't find any sign of the foal. After about three hours, Nikki from Corolla Jeep Adventures stopped and mentioned that she had seen the new foal a couple streets and canals south of where the rest of the family was. We rushed over and there was Bravo standing under a house. Gus and Taka were nearby so everyone who had seen him there understandably assumed they were his parents. Gus deserves a special shoutout for tolerating this foal in his space. Taka, who is a very experienced mother, probably had something to do with keeping him in line.

We scooped Bravo up and put him in the back of the SUV to take him back to his family. Cora Mae accepted him immediately, so it's unlikely she rejected him and left him behind on purpose. We were told that there were some stallions fighting in the area late Sunday night, so our best guess is that Nobel (Bravo's dad) aggressively chased his mares away from the challenging stallion and Bravo got left behind in the scuffle. He was far enough away from Cora Mae that she wouldn't have been able to smell or hear him, which was probably why she was behaving as if the foal was dead - as far as she knew, he was."

They say he is doing well and is settling in with the herd.

Bravo is the ninth foal born to the herd this year, bringing the count to 105. In July, the organization welcomed 'Brio.'

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