Raymond: Relocated

Most of you recall my mentioning Raymond, the mule, from Carova Beach, many times here on the blog.

Among the herd of 75-100 wild Spanish Mustangs in Carova, Raymond is the only mule.  It’s estimated that he’s in his twenties.

Raymond has become quite the celebrity, and everyone loves seeing him when they visit the beach.

Last Sunday morning (Sept. 29), Motor Man and I were on our way to Carova, and as we were driving through the village of Corolla (prior to  the 4-wheel-drive beach), we saw a horse trailer. That’s not something you normally see in a beach town.  And then I noticed a sign on the trailer:  Corolla Wild Horse Fund.  So we knew something was going on….

As it turns out, Raymond and his harem have been escaping the 4-wheel drive area and grazing in the village of Corolla.  This is not good for several reasons. The folks driving in Corolla are not expecting horses (or a mule) to be walking in the street.

Plus, the pavement is not ideal for their hooves, Raymond’s especially.

The reason they’ve been leaving the beach is because their area has been flooded since Hurricane Dorian. So they’re looking for food, and the well manicured lawns in Corolla have provided them plenty of options.

Sadly, Raymond’s hooves were in such bad shape that CWHF made the difficult decision last Sunday morning to remove him from the beach.

He’s now a resident of the CWHF rescue farm. And he seems to be adapting nicely.  Their  Facebook page has provided many in-depth updates on Raymond. His fans all greatly appreciate being kept informed about this beloved old mule.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

So, CWHF has had quite the expenditures recently to (quickly) build a fence to contain Raymond (he’s VERY stubborn and and quite the escape artist), as well as reinforcing the walls in his shelter and providing a nice soft, sand floor for his hooves.

The Fund is a 501 C-3 non-profit, and  if you’d like to donate to help out a good-ol’-boy mule named Raymond, here’s the link:

Support the Horses

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

And Raymond says: “thank ya”!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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7 responses to “Raymond: Relocated

  1. I know everyone will miss seeing Raymond and his “ladies” at the beach but he will now be living “the life” at the rescue farm. Hope his hooves get a good rest there!

    Pam

  2. So glad that they were able to ‘rescue’ Raymond before permanent damage was done to his hooves.

  3. He’s his own mule – Go teach ’em how to be cool over at the rescue farm, Raymond ..

  4. I think mules like Raymond are underappreciated. I am so glad he is being cared for.

  5. Ol’ Raymond can now live a life of luxury and be well-cared for. I think he deserves it. 🙂

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I have been keeping up with Raymond and so happy he is in a safe environment. He so deserves it. A shout out to CWHF they do such a wonderful job trying to protect Raymond and the horses.

  7. oh Dianna.
    Thanks so much for sharing this. I have been so curious about his life.

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