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A cause has been discovered in the mysterious death of a weeks-old wild horse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The colt, named Charlie, was the first born of the season and ‘showed no signs of illness, struggle or distress’ before being found dead on April 14, the non-profit Corolla Wild reports. Horse Fund.
Charlie was only three weeks old at the time.
“Charlie has been determined to have died of bacterial sepsis,” the fund announced May 25.
“It happens when bacteria enter the body through the umbilicus. There were no birth defects or congenital problems, and no signs that he had been fed or eaten anything that caused a obstruction or disease.
Charlie’s last moments were recorded by a security camera at the Carova fire station, which made the case even more mysterious.
He was seen walking with both his parents around 4:13 p.m. on April 14 and showed no signs of illness, the fund said. “At 4:19 a.m. he went to bed and by 4:30 a.m. he was dead,” the fund reports.
The cause of death was discovered through an autopsy, and the results are a reminder of just how tough life can be on the Outer Banks, the fund said.
Historians say wild mustangs are descended from horses brought to the continent by early Spanish explorers. Some were abandoned, some escaped, and some swam ashore when ships ran aground.
They survived for centuries by adapting to life on the ever-changing islands, drinking water from natural springs and eating a specialized diet of “sea oats, coastal grasses, acorns, persimmons and other local vegetation,” according to Outerbanks.com. (Traditional foods, such as carrots and apples, have been known to choke horses.)
“Charlie’s death reminds us that these horses face so many challenges to their survival that we simply cannot control, and what a miracle it is that foals are born every year that thrive and grow into healthy adults. health,” the fund said in its post.
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