Ocracats as a local rescue calls them. Residents have an active program that cares for them. The program includes a TNR program for the adult cats and an adoption program for the adoptable kittens.
A surprise to us was Ocracoke's Island Ponies. Our first hint that they were there came from the name of our favorite restaurant for breakfast, the Pony Island Restaurant. We had heard of the famed wild ponies of Chincoteague Island in Virginia as well as ponies at Corolla and at Shackleford Banks in North Carolina, but we had no clue that Ocracoke laid claim to some of these majestic animals that are possibly descended from Spanish mustangs. The Ocracoke horses no longer roam the island, however, but stay penned by the National Park Service, both to keep them out of the nearby highway and to keep them from overgrazing the vegetation of the island's fragile ecosystem. We took several pictures of these horses as they were feeding.