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Chincoteague Pony Round-Up Postponed Due To Government Shutdown

The ponies are rounded up twice a year in order to check up on their health and well-being.
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The ponies are rounded up twice a year in order to check up on their health and well-being.

The annual roundup of wild horses on Virginia's Eastern Shore has been cancelled due to the government shutdown.

Just when animal lovers were getting used to life without the "panda cam," they can add "wild pony-well checks" to the list of things that won't be happening until the federal government shutdown ends.

The herd of 130 wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge was slated to be rounded up by the famous Saltwater Cowboys of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company this weekend, but that has been postponed indefinitely, crushing a normally big tourist event in the small coastal community.

The fire company oversees the herd and conducts two well checks per year to ensure the herd is disease free. The round-ups are usually big draws for tourists.

Park officials say they hope the shutdown is resolved quickly so the well check can be rescheduled before winter.


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