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Corolla wild horse dies after choking on apple

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund says apples can kill wild horses and they should never be fed.

COROLLA, N.C. — A wild yearling colt named "Danny" on the North Carolina Outer Banks died Friday after choking on an apple, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund said in a Facebook post. 

The organization said the horse's death could have been prevented. 

"Danny was killed by humans who had no regard for the safety of the horses. No regard for the health of the horses. No regard for the laws put in place to protect the horses," the Wild Horse Fund wrote in part. 

The Wild Horse Fund said someone saw Danny in distress and called for help. Danny was given a sedative to help pass the apple. However, the apple had been lodged in his throat long enough to cause an infection, and he later died. 

The organization hopes Danny's death will serve as a lesson to visitors and beachgoers: never feed the horses and always pick up your trash. 

It's been a busy day with lots of phone calls and messages about hor... ses, but thankfully nothing too serious. Have spoken with some of the nicest, most supportive folks tonight. The kind of emergency calls you don't mind getting. Thanks to everyone who is looking out for the horses' well-being - we truly appreciate you!

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