Everyone knows Raymond: Last mule living with Outer Banks wild horses

Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com. Click to visit story.
Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com.

This is some story. “One wild mule found alive among wild horses on Outer Banks”. Have you read it? It’s from The Charlotte Observer. By Mark Price. July 18, 2018.

He staggered off into an island marsh and vanished last winter, leading conservationists to believe the last mule living among North Carolina’s wild coastal mustangs had died.

But Raymond, as locals call him, proved too stubborn to go quietly.

Not only has the once-crippled mule re-emerged on Corolla’s beaches, but he picked up a harem of three mares.

“He’s sterile, but he doesn’t know it and we’re not going to tell him,” says herd manager Meg Puckett. “He challenged a much younger stallion for those mares and he won. That’s saying a lot.”

Even she thought Raymond had died after a risky last-ditch effort was made in November to save him. A group of specialists with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund drugged Raymond and literally sawed down his hooves, which had become so deformed he couldn’t walk.

“A domestic horse would not have survived. He was just too stubborn to die,” Puckett says. “It’s that ornery, stubborn side that has made him one of the best known of the herd. Everyone knows Raymond.”

Islanders took to social media recently to celebrate the return of “the mule who thinks he is a mustang,” as Ann Litzelman put it on Facebook.

See also “Last Mule On Outer Banks So Stubborn He Refuses to Die” at Patch.com who also posted the image above with their own story on Raymond.

Photo of Houston Officer lying with dying police horse goes viral

Charlotte of Mounted in Houston, Texas. Image Source: Loreen Pantaleone who will be doing a painting of the fallen horse.

HOUSTON, TX  — (Mar. 27, 2017).

A heartbreaking photo of a police officer laying in the street with a police horse after the animal was struck by a vehicle is going viral.

According to the Houston Chronicle online (chron.com), Charlotte is a 6-year-old Tennessee Walker ridden by Officer D. Herrejon of the Houston Police Department. Charlotte was in the street with the officer when she was startled by traffic noise behind her. She turned to the side, stepped into another lane, and was hit by a passing concrete truck.

Charlotte tragically did not survive the accident. As she lay in the street in her last moments, an officer laid down next to her to comfort and embrace her. A spokesperson for the Houston Police says that a bystander took the photo of the touching moment.

Downed Houston Police horse Charlotte. Image Credit: The Houston Chronicle (cropped).
Downed Houston Police horse Charlotte. Image Credit: The Houston Chronicle (cropped).

According to a Facebook post by the Animal Justice League, the officer pictured with Charlotte is not Officer Herrejon, who had been taken to a nearby hospital, but his partner, Officer Ronald Curry.

America Web Media reported that the Houston Police Department shared the following announcing Charlotte’s death:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who died in the line of duty this morning in a motor vehicle accident,” the department’s post reads.

“Charlotte came to HPD as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma. She thrived in HPD Mounted Patrol’s barefoot and natural horsemanship programs. She passed her evaluation period with flying colors and was working the streets of Downtown Houston within a short time of being started under saddle.

“She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children. She served the citizens of Houston for 4 years. She will be missed.”

See America Now for more on this story.

Rest in peace dear Charlotte. We offer our heartfelt prayers for Officer Herrejon and condolences to all at Houston Mounted.

Charlotte of the Mounted Unit, Houston, Texas. Image Source:  Loreen Pantaleone who will be doing a painting of the fallen horse at iHeartHorses.