A newborn horse in Louisa County is drawing attention from around the world. Thousands of people tuned into a live stream Tuesday morning to watch its birth at Legacy Mustang Preservation.
The colt is believed to be the great grandson of Cloud - a stallion who has been featured in award-winning films. Now, this newborn is filling the shoes of his famous relative.
Kelly, the colt's mother, bonded with her newborn for the first time on Wednesday. More than 8,000 people across 23 different countries enjoyed watching their first moments together via live stream. Some have been following the live stream since October, waiting for the colt's birth.
"People are like, oh it's like, thank you for bringing us into your barn," said Jamie Dodson, founder of Legacy Mustang Preservation.
The Legacy Mustang Preservation is proud to care for the famous colt. The nonprofit traveled to Wyoming to save his mother, Kelly, who could have ended up in a holding facility.
Dodson says the new baby can carry on his family's role as an ambassador for wild horses.
"What he represents to us is being able to spread the word that they're amazing, amazing creatures that are gentle and kind if treated gentle and kind," Dodson.
This mustang is said to be related to the famous horse, Cloud. Cloud is the only mustang whose life has been documented so closely – in films, books, and a PBS nature series.
The new colt is only 1 day old, but a documentary crew is already heading to the preservation this week to capture his first moments.
The newborn colt has been named ‘Cloud's National Legacy' - they will call him ‘Nation' for short.