He died as wild as he was born’: Wild stallion euthanized after suffering ‘irreparably’ broken leg in fight
By Hanika Kashyap
COROLLA, NORTH CAROLINA: A wild stallion had to be euthanized after it sustained severe injuries from a brutal fight with other horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, as per the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Eleven-year-old Finn died on Saturday, March 11, “due to an irreparably broken hind leg,” the nonprofit said in a statement on Facebook.
“Finn had been observed fighting with other stallions on Friday, and then unable/unwilling to move Friday night and into Saturday,” the fund said. It also adds, “upon closer inspection, it was obvious that his leg was badly broken and under the direction of our veterinarian we captured him so that we could help end his suffering. Finn’s injuries were completely in line with those commonly sustained from fighting, and there is no reason to believe he was injured by human means.”
Why did Finn the stallion fight?
Corolla beach in North Carolina houses a herd of about 100 free-roaming horses that are known to indulge in brutal fights with stallions biting, kicking, and butting each other in order to defend turf and win females, according to the experts. This act also comes to play when parents force their offspring to leave the family and find a mate. Such battles can take place as tourists watch without getting involved. Moreover, the fund emphasized Finn’s death as a reminder of the dangers associated with humans getting too close. This is backed up by County law which requires humans to stay 50 feet away from the horses.
“It’s breeding season and stallions absolutely do not care if you are in the way when they are fighting. You will get trampled, kicked, bit, or worse,” the fund reported, as per Yahoo! “Fights can break out in a split second, and their movements can be unpredictable and quick. Please give these horses the respect they deserve — for their own safety and yours”, it added.
‘Finn died as wild as he was born’
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund takes care of the herd with the help of donations. They provide health care as well as transfer badly hurt horses to a farm to live out their days under human care. Herd manager Meg Puckett acknowledged Finn’s death and said it was “devastating” as per the outlet. She wrote: “What happened to him is nature in its most basic, wild, and unforgiving form. Finn died as wild as he was born; he lived a truly free life and that is something we should take comfort in.”