Assateague wild ponies swim to Chincoteague Island in annual rite

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Assateague wild ponies swim to Chincoteague Island in annual rite
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. Wild ponies were rounded up on the national wildlife refuge and herded across the channel to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies come ashore from the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA - JUNE 29: Spectators watch as the Chincoteague Ponies make their way to the carnival grounds on Main Street after having swam across the Assateague Channel during the 90th annual pony swim on Chincoteague Island, Va., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA - JUNE 29: A pair of Chincoteague Ponies embrace after swimming across the Assateague Channel during the 90th annual pony swim on Chincoteague Island, Va., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Spectators pat wild ponies after they swam across Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Seven-year-old Carlin Makibbin of Ocean City, Maryland, kisses a wild pony after ponies swam across the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: People stand in the marsh to watch wild ponies swimming across the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Spectators take pictures of wild ponies after they swam across Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. Wild ponies were rounded up on the national wildlife refuge and herded across the channel where some will be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies are about to be herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. Wild ponies were rounded up on the national wildlife refuge and herded across the channel where some will be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: People stand in the marsh to watch wild ponies swimming across the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Spectators watch wild ponies come ashore from the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA - JUNE 29: A spectators reach out to touch the Chincoteague Ponies after they swam across the Assateague Channel during the 90th annual pony swim on Chincoteague Island, Va., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Spectators pet wild ponies after they swam across Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: Wild ponies are herded toward the carnival grounds after they swam across Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - JULY 29: People leave as they walk in the marsh after they watched wild ponies swimming across the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 29, 2015 in Chincoteague, Virginia. After crossing from the national wildlife refuge, some ponies are auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Spectators watched wild ponies come ashore from the Assateague Channel during the annual pony swim event from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on Wednesday in Chincoteague, Virginia.

The wild ponies were rounded up on the national wildlife refuge and herded across the channel where some will be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company during the 90th annual event.

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