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Save the Wild Horses of Abaco ~ Abaco Barb Horse

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:49 PM

Only One Abaco Barb Left ~ Her Name is Nunki


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As of Feb 2014
Nunki was 
pronounced healthy and a good candidate for egg harvest. 

The eggs will be flown to a lab at Texas A&M where another expert has agreed to  store the eggs, and when they have sperm from appropriate DNA compatible stallions, the eggs will be joined with the sperm to form embryos which will be placed in surrogate mares.  The pregnant mares will be transported to Abaco to have their foals in the environment that will be their home.

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roup that can use all the help they can get to save this beauty breed 



:prettyplease: - NaNoEmo 5/30:bademoticon:  Gone But Not Forgotten :bademoticon: :prettyplease: - NaNoEmo 5/30  




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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have known about this for a while due to the site linked below. 

www.theequinest.com/breeds/aba…

I am glad that something is finally happening to repopulate the breed. 
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tikimurryareg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There was a 4H group here in Idaho that raised awareness about the Abaco and had that Breyer made :) A wonderful breed and very sad that there's only one left in existence. 
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Lovely-DreamCatcher Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I read about that & happy that they did 

It is sad nod 
A lot related to the egg harvest is being done pro bono but it still not enough
Here's the break down on what they need www.facebook.com/abacohorses/p…
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thegeforce Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow 1 left... i wonder what caused that.
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Lovely-DreamCatcher Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:


Once, they were a mighty herd, perhaps 200 strong

The horses were brought to Abaco by a logging company in the late 1800′s from Cuba, Columbus had two horse farms in Cuba.   There are no horses like them in Cuba any more.

When the logging company changed to tractors in the 1940′s, the horses were turned loose, abandoned.

In the 1960′s, disaster struck in the form of a road from one end of Great Abaco to the other.The shelter of the pines was shattered. Suddenly humans had access to abandoned but still passable logging roads.

Some people ran the horses down the roads until they were close enough to be roped out of the windows or until they dropped from exhaustion. Many of these animals became legends, for their anecdotal lives, the vicious cruelty visited on them, and their tragic ends. A tragedy involving the death of a young child who tried to ride a tame wild horse while unattended resulted in a wholesale slaughter.

Former Senator Edison Key said in an interview, “When we were clearing the land for the farm in the early 70′s, we found carcasses and bones everywhere. I started thinking. It just wasn’t right.”  Three horses were brought out of captivity to the farm.

Those three horses simply lucked out. They shared shelter and feed with the cattle on the farm. Once they were up to about 12 head they were released. The wild horses returned to the pine forest.

In 1992 the herd was over 30. By ’97 this number had fallen to 17.

After hurricane Floyd {1999} the horses stayed on the farm full time and were exposed to a broad rnge of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and synthetic feritlizers.   When, after four years there was no reproduction, it becme apparent that something was very wrong.


victory was won  when the Bahamas Government bestowed upon W.H.O.A  a large portion of crown land in Treasure Cay, Abaco, thus creating a formal sanctuary for the remaining horses. Subsequently a Board of dedicated Directors was appointed to oversee the land and the interests of the horses and a strategic plan was created. All the mares and one stallion were moved to a Preserve in their old habitat in the forest in 2004. Several more deaths occurred from pre existing conditions. (off W.H.O.A Website)

poisonous plants has also been a factor
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thegeforce Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow.... thats terrible.
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Lovely-DreamCatcher Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
sad nod 
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thegeforce Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Lovely-DreamCatcher Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nunki the last Abaco Spanish Colonial Horse 
She Passed away Thursday 23rd Sparta Emoji-02 (Cries) Cry emote 
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thegeforce Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! 
do they have her eggs?
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Lovely-DreamCatcher Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I knowCry emote 

No No, I disagree!  but they did take her tissue to use for cloning to keep her rare genes going
and they do have a stallion that has been found to be the closest match (genes)... Wayward Wind 


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