Hazelnut is the 17th member of the Ocracoke pony herd. The foal was born on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at approximately 10 a.m.
Her mother is Sacajawea, a mare from Shackleford Banks who joined the Ocracoke herd in 2010, and her father is Rayo, a direct descendant of the original Ocracoke ponies.
Hazelnut was named by the Volunteers-In-Park who work directly with the Ocracoke ponies. Born on a chilly February morning, she will not stray far from her mother’s side for at least six months and will join the rest of the herd sometime in the late summer of 2015.
For more park information about the Ocracoke ponies and how you can participate in the “Adopt-A-Pony” program, see http://www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/ocracokeponies or call 252-928-5111.