4 foals from Virginia island's wild pony herd up for auction

Ponies swim towards Chincoteague during the Chincoteague Pony Swim on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Photo by Ralph Musthaler
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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — They're not easily placed under a tree, but an atypical holiday gift option has presented itself in the form of four wild pony foals up for auction next month.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company announced last week that four late-born foals from the wild herd it manages will be for sale.

The fire company is offering two fillies and two colts, one of which is a rare "medicine hat" pony made even more valuable in some circles by his blue eyes. The "medicine hat" descriptor refers to his head's colored patch.

Bids start at $1,500 and must be mailed to the fire company by Dec. 14.

The ponies will not be available for buyback, where bidders purchase naming rights but the ponies remain on the island.

Denise Bowden, spokesperson for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, wrote in a Facebook post that the plan for the ponies is to bring them to the carnival grounds by mid-December. Officials would then let winners know when to pick up their foals.

The minimum bid for the ponies is $1,500. Send bids to CVFC, P.O. Box 691, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336, ATTN: Denise Bowden.