- Posted October 13, 2013 by
The Last Columbus Horse Alive?
Horses from Columbus’s farms in Cuba predated every horse in the Americas. In the late 1800’s descendants of these resilient horses were brought from Cuba to the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. This created a time capsule of pristine genes from the time of Columbus, untouched by any other influences. Three separate DNA analyses have confirmed this.
Now that time capsule is broken open, the world is down to the last mare alive descended from the original Columbus Spanish stock brought to Abaco. Our Mare Nunki is 17 and half years old.
If Nunki and her genes are to survive, critical interventions such as harvesting of eggs, use of surrogates mares are needed now if there is to be any hope of re establishing the legacy of the breed that Columbus gave to the new world. Arkwild , Inc, a 501 (c) charity in the United States, has been leading the efforts to keep this blood line alive since !992. Since Hurricane Floyd in 1999
reproductive assistance became critical, yet it remains unavailable.
The only hope left is to have the people of the international equine community and the people of the world realize that with the loss of Nunki so goes the legacy of the Wild horses of the Abacos. Each day that Nunki lives is a miracle, this direct descendant of the horses that brought Columbus’s dreams to the new world, and gave the Western Hemisphere its history.
Each day there is fear of the phone call that says she is dead. The story of how the horses arrived, thrived and eventually all died, all but one, is a compelling story of over a century of some heritage animals’ survival against impossible odds, and how they eventually succumbed to human induced problems. All but one. She and her heritage genes can be saved, But it has to happen Now. For more information and donations see the website at <www.arkwild.org/blog/>, Abaco Wild Horses, on FaceBook; Arkwild on YouTube.