First foal of the season spotted at Cape Lookout National Seashore

First foal of 2021 with mom at Cape Lookout National Seashore. [Photo by Crystal Wasley/NPS with a telephoto lease]

The first foal of the season has been spotted among the wild horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Crystal Wasley captured a photo of mare and foal for the National Park Service on Thursday, with a zoom lens.

“Please give them space to bond, feed and explore,” the seashore said in a Facebook post. “For the safety of the foal and its mother stay back at least 50 feet (the length of a school bus). Use a camera with a telephoto lens to take pictures.”

Cape Lookout’s wild horses live on Shackleford Banks, the southernmost barrier island on the national seashore, in a herd of about 100 horses. They’re believed to come from similar genetic stock as the colonial Spanish mustangs of the northern Outer Banks beaches.

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