ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. — A new foal was born Friday, joining the band of wild horses that live on Assateague Island, the U.S. Park Service said announced Monday.
The foal, a male pinto colt, was born to horse N2BHS-AL, also known as “Ms. Macky,” on June 21. The colt has been donned N2BHS-ALR. He and his mother live in a band near the “very busy developed area and campgrounds,” the Park Service said. Visitors are reminded to remain a minimum of 40 feet, a “bus length,” away from the wild horses at all times.
“Everything is new to a foal,” the Park Service said. The colt will learn to interact with the environment, its mother, and other horses. Most foals on the island are born between April and June, though some are born in other months of the year.
Ms. Macky is expected to be very protective of her new babe, so for the well being of visitors and the other horses, give the pair plenty of space.