Viva Vivo! Corolla Wild Horse fund saves five-day-old horse

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Corolla, N.C. - Vivo is a five-day-old horse, saved by the Corolla Wild Horse fund.

He was walking on his tip toes, which would have led him to be crippled later in life.

"It was just a recipe for disaster in the wild, so now he's going to have a great life," said Karen McCalpin, the executive director at the Corolla Wild Horse fund.

Vivo was spotted on the Outer Banks by rescuers with the Corolla Wild Horse fund over the weekend. Monday he was taken in to be treated on the mainland.

Vivo is on antibiotics, which will relax the muscles in his tendons allowing them to stretch out.  This will help him to walk like a normal horse eventually.

Unfortunately, since he and his mother have been introduced to a plush lifestyle as they're being treated, they can't go back into the wild.

"He's getting treatment everyday, so now he's habituated to people and so is mom. So it would be cruel to put them back out in the wild," McCalpin said.

He can be domesticated pretty easily since he is so young.  In six months, Vivo could be put up for adoption.


    • Kristin

      A horse can NEVER be a wild animal. Not ever. “Wild” horses are a mis-nomer (look it up…) as horses by design are domestic animals- just as a cat or dog is. You can not- no matter how hard you try- make a non-domestic domestic, or vice versa. ANY- yes any- horse, whether raised on a farm or captured from the field, is domesticated. It may not be broken, or friendly- but it will ALWAYS be domestic.

  • freetoairphoenix

    In other words- the mother horse is NO “dangerous wild animal” nor could be, in any way or shape. A lion is a wild dangerous animal- but a horse? No. They are ALL domesticated- for ever and ever. Whether born in Nevada behind a thornbush or in Grandma’s old barn.

    • chad

      You could at least get it right. A foal is a baby horse under a year old. It doesn’t mean it’s a male or female. Dumb people shouldn’t talk.

    • Susan Crane-Sundell

      Angela a filly is a female horse under the age of five. When a female horse turns five she is then called a mare. A male horse under the age of five is called a colt. When he turns five he is then called a horse. All newborn horses are called foals until they are weaned. At the time of weaning they are called weanlings, until they turn one at which time they are collectively called yearlings.
      A gelding is a neutered male horse.

  • Maggie Frazier

    A wild horse is just like any other wild animal, a deer, fox, etc. If they have lived in the wild with no human interaction they are not domesticated. But by the time this foal is weaned, if he and his mother are handled as they have been, they both will be able to be adopted out.

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