Wild horse dies after tangled in barbed wire near Outer Banks beach

Wild horse dies after tangled in barbed wire near Outer Banks beach

OUTER BANKS, N.C. — North Carolina's Corolla Wild Horse Fund has confirmed a young stallion became tangled in barbed wire near an Outer Banks beach and had to be euthanized.

The Fund posted on Facebook that the 4-year-old horse named Joaquin was spotted caught in a barbed wire fence Thursday. The post said a veterinarian determined his leg couldn't be saved and euthanasia was "the most humane" option.

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We are devastated to announce the death of Joaquin, a young stallion who was well-known in the Swan Beach community....

Posted by Corolla Wild Horse Fund on Saturday, August 17, 2019

The News & Observer reports more than 200 wild horses live among the islands, but two have already died this summer and a third was injured .

The Fund added they've feared a horse may get caught in the wire ever since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service installed it.

They say the service has been responsive and meetings are scheduled to consider an alternative.