Ocracoke has historically not had an abundance of non-human mammals. However, during the last several decades squirrels, deer, raccoons, and mink have either been introduced deliberately, have swum to the island, or otherwise found their way here. They seem to be thriving. There might even be possums on the island, and bears have been known to occasionally swim over here from the mainland. Of course, we have mice and rats (what area of the country doesn't?)
One of the cutest critters is the rabbit. They are seen most frequently in the early morning hours nibbling in the mowed grass beside NC 12. I believe this is a marsh rabbit. I took the photo a few days ago. He/she didn't seem frightened until I approached within a couple of feet.
month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the dramatic story of life-saver Rasmus
Midgett and his rescue of the crew of the barkentine Priscilla in August, 1899. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052116.htm.