Hurricane Florence has left a lot of devastation in its wake, including the loss of 37 lives. North Carolina was one of the hardest-hit states, and evacuees have been cautioned against returning to their homes, as flooding could still worsen.
In addition to the toll on humans, the storm has also affected animals, including the state’s herds of wild horses that roam the Outer Banks. Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Corolla Wild Horse Fund both took to social media to let everyone know that their populations of horses survived the disaster.
Here are the horses in Carova:
And here’s a pic from Ocracoke:
“The horses are doing fine! In our area, we did not get hit by the hurricane, but we did have a little storm,” Jo Langone, COO of Corolla Wild Horse Fund, told People. “There are places south and west of us where the people are getting hurt. There was a lot of spotlight on us last week when the hurricane was approaching because it looked like it could be coming to our area, but it ended up not.”
The horses survived due in part to their ability to sense impending bad weather and their strong instinct to seek shelter, which they do by taking protection in forest areas or in the marsh, according to Langone.
On Sept. 18, the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina, also gave an update on their horses via Facebook, writing, “Florence update 9/18/18: As of 1 p.m. today, all of the Rachel Carson Reserve wild horses have been accounted for. All animals are in good condition.”
In addition to the horses, about 100 dogs and cats that were rescued when the roof at the Carteret County Humane Society Shelter in Newport, North Carolina collapsed were given free checkups and fed at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Sept. 17. They will go on to rescue groups to be adopted.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the animals and humans still battling the effects of the storm.