Outer Banks wild horses block the spread of destructive invading plants — by eating them

An invading plant known to grow on thick mats on the water met the match at Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Wild horses on Barrier Island have developed sweet teeth for watermilfoils, including strange procedures for eating watermilfoils. Standing angry in the water for hours All at once.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Shared video on Facebook One such scene shows an adult horse picking a bite of watermilfoils from a canal on Karoba Beach.

“Milfoil is popular among banker horses,” Corolla herd manager Megpacket told McClutch News. “Because it’s low in calories, you need to eat a lot of horses to actually be nutritious.”

“Many other animals don’t eat it. It grows not only on canals (artificial), but also on swamps and healthy sides,” she continued. “Wildlife people spend a lot of time putting it under control because it can choke the ecosystem so quickly.”

Historians believe in Mustangs roaming the Outer Banks Left behind 500 years ago Adapted by settlers and in countless ways to survive on Barrier Island.

This includes special ways to find food and water. Their diet is “Sea wheat, coarse grass, acorns, persimmons, And other native plants, “reports Visitcurrituck.com. Horses also learned how to swim from island to island when food and water are scarce.

Eurasian watermilfoils came to America As an ornamental aquarium.. Introduced in the 1940s, it is “currently considered one of the worst aquatic weeds in almost every state,” according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

“It forms a dense canopy along the surface, obscuring the vegetation beneath,” the state reports. “Water quality deteriorates due to the aging of watermilfoils. Recreational activities are hindered. Water intakes can be blocked and rotten mats can pollute lakeside beaches.”

Packet said the plant is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes, the main pest of the Outer Banks.