The Park Service has announced the birth of a brand new Ocracoke Island pony. It's a girl! (make that "filly") and was born March 22. Students at Ocracoke School named her "Paloma" which is Spanish for "Dove".
The Ocracoke ponies have been here over 200 years and are thought to be descendants of Spanish ponies that were shipwrecked here, but no one knows for sure. They ran wild and free on the island for most of those years, but now they are tended by the Park Service in 160 acres fenced pasture and are a popular attraction and "The Pony Pen" about 6 miles east of the Village.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about "Ocracats" and was written by Pat Garber. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news031710.htm.