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A Pair of Staten Island Ponies Escaped to Frolic in the Blizzard

The storm set them free in more ways than one.

While many New Yorkers (several Atlas Obscura staffers included) stayed home today, hunkering down in preparation for a potentially disastrous blizzard, a couple of Staten Island ponies embraced the stallion spirit and decided to frolic through the empty streets.

And though the devastating blizzard that had the city in a tizzy turned out to be not much to write home about, strong winds did manage to blow open the doors of the barn where the ponies were kept. As the New York Daily News reports, the pair of ponies escaped their enclosure and were taking a stroll through the Eltingville neighborhood of Staten Island when they were spotted by baffled locals.

One Staten Islander hopped in his truck to help corral the wild equines, and eventually joined forces with some police officers to apprehend the animals. They were able to use some tow rope to tie up the ponies while they figured out what to do next.

Eventually, though, they were safely returned to their owners, but they’ll forever have that magical day in the snow together.