Wild horse of the Outer Banks dies after being tangled in wire fencing
Tragically, the herd suffered a very preventable loss on Friday when a 10-year-old stallion died of heat stroke after being tangled in wire, according to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.Posted — Updated
A person working nearby found the wild horse, whose name is Hurricane, tangled in wire that had been used for fencing. Staff from the Corolla Wild Horse fund rushed to the scene, where they were able to free Hurricane.
There seemed to be a moment of hope, as the horse stood up and walked away with only mild injuries to his leg.
However, as they tracked Hurricane's movements down the beach to ensure his recovery, they watched him collapse into the sand on the foreshore. He was no longer able to stand.
"He was displaying neurological symptoms and could not stand, or even lay with his head upright. We spent several hours trying to get Hurricane to stand back up. He was administered IV fluids, steroids, and an anti-inflammatory, but despite our best efforts we couldn't get him to respond to any of this, or any other stimuli or efforts to get him to stand," they wrote on their page.
Sadly, by 6 p.m., around 8 hours after he was found tangled up, he went into organ failure. The vet determined he had gone into heat stroke from struggling and stressing after being tangled in the wire for at least several hours.
The team made the call to humanely euthanize him and end his suffering.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund is using the tragic, preventable loss as an opportunity to save future horses' lives by asking property owners to check their yards for anything that could be dangerous for the wild horses.
"Any kind of wire is an extreme danger to the horses, and not suitable fencing material. Pallets, sand fencing that's falling down, loose ropes, barriers and gates that are in poor repair, rusted and broken car and boat parts are all hazardous to the horses' safety," they wrote.
If the wild horses can survive hurricanes, they shouldn't have to try and survive litter and trash.
"Rest free, Hurricane," they wrote.
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