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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Official: Island Ponies Believed To Be Safe

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - Chincoteague's most celebrated summer visitors _ the wild ponies of Assateague Island _ apparently weathered Superstorm Sandy.

Fire Chief Harry Thornton planned to check on the rugged ponies later Tuesday, but he said all indications are the herd of approximately 130 animals found shelter on the barrier island during Sandy's onslaught Sunday and Monday.

Thornton said the refuge manager on Assateague told him there was no sign of the ponies, meaning they likely were still hunkered down in sheltered areas of the 37-mile-long island. They typically head to higher ground during tidal surges, he said.

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