‘Slow Down!’ Warning From Park Services For Travelers Visiting Assateague Island This Summer

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) —  The yearly Chincoteague Pony Island auction volition beryllium virtual again this twelvemonth moving from July 22 to July 26. It’s a fundraiser for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, however, 1 foal volition not beryllium auctioned off.

Born successful April, inactive babelike connected its mother, a foal was near lame and limping connected July 6 erstwhile idiosyncratic deed its mother, four-year-old Moonshadow.  Moonshadow was killed and the operator kept going.

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Luckily, a parkland worker discovered the country and rescued the foal who was taken to Chincoteague to beryllium cared for.

“Because of our vet squad that we person successful place, they felt it would beryllium champion to beryllium successful the foal’s involvement to travel down present to Chincoteague to beryllium taken attraction of,” said Denise Bowden, P.R. Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

Word of the foal’s plight dispersed rapidly connected the land and immoderate tourists similar the Cortez household came from arsenic acold distant arsenic agelong island. “Every equine is important and we’re truthful excited to spot them and we’re truthful passionate astir them being safe.”

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This foal was Moonshadow’s first. Moonshadow was the 53rd equine to beryllium deed by a car connected Assateague Island and the 36th to beryllium killed. Although signs are posted everyplace determination is small enforcement, which upsets Ashley Kozlowski who works to sphere the quality and the animals of Assateague.

“There isn’t capable instrumentality enforcement. There aren’t capable equine absorption interns to forestall everything from happening,” said Kozlowski.

Kozlowski wants to punctual visitors to dilatory down and to simply instrumentality their time. “And if thing should hap conscionable ain up to it. Fess up to it. So the parkland work tin beryllium alerted sooner,” she added.

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As for the Foal, the unpaid occurrence section is promising that erstwhile she learns to graze and is integrated into the herd, She volition unrecorded retired her days connected Assateague Island.

Denise Koch

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