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15 feral horse colonies from around the world

By: Catie Leary on July 5, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Feral Cumberland Island horses

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Cumberland Island horses

From dense maritime forest to its 17-mile-long stretch of undeveloped beach, Cumberland Island National Seashore is filled with all kinds of natural treasures. One of its most famous attractions, however, are its feral horses.

Descended from a stock brought over to the island from mainland Georgia in the 19th century, Cumberland's feral horses number between 150 to 200 individuals. They are treated as any other wild creature and are not provided any assistance. While they're quite lovely to look at from afar, they can be quite physically defensive when approached too closely.