Saturday, April 03, 2010

An Island Birth

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:


  1. Anonymous8:09 AM

    I saw a picture of Paloma, the newest filly born @ Ocracoke, in the latest edition of "The Beaufort-Hyde" newspaper. She's a pretty little thing! How exciting!

  2. Anonymous1:32 PM

    The Pretty Little Filly with the pony tail

    There is a new branch on the family tree, it is a pretty little filly with a pony tail

    The Children of the island have called the shots. they named the pony with the spots Paloma

    Popular Paloma the pony born to run with the mare Spirit by her side will frolic in the waves for ears to come

    may the live wild and free as they make history

    This message brought to you by POEM the Professional Organization of English Majors saluting April is poetry Month