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OldKingClancey

True, I’d say anywhere between 15-30% due to the rough separation between foals dying young and adults living long enough to have foals. I have plenty of both so it’s hard to tell where the exact percentage lies


Braith117

True. Lack of general survival instincts and food shortages in the winter combined with year round breeding means there are a lot of young born in time periods where they really shouldn't have been. Mid to late spring and summer are the times when they have the best success, but in fall and winter they have pretty high mortality rates from predators and additionally have high rates of starvation in winter in most regions. They know how bad winter is and will make any and all attempts to find shelter or an owner before then if they can, usually resulting in more deaths to dogs, cats, and disgruntled humans as they invade people's yards.


AcidDepression

Yes. For animals that are that fragile, they probably die by the thousands the moment winter comes


ContributionAdept634

About ten to thirty percent depending on the country, and state


BoukoKakuCatharsis

True. *Very True* This whole thing was started by the original idea of "[fluffy pony can't survive in the wild](https://old.reddit.com/r/fluffycommunity/comments/pfuoyg/the_many_deaths_of_fluffy_pony_by_anonymous_mlpg/)", and the whole feral or herd behavior are only idea that are being "patched" down much later.


DrunkOracle

True


Ote-Kringralnick

I believe that a about 50% of them reach adulthood, but only about 20% of males live past the point of impregnating a mare and only about 30-40% of mares live past their children reaching the age of being able to speak easily. That is, of course, not counting herds. I believe that the death rate for herds is very low, with the exceptions of everyone in one dying. A lot of herd members in larger, non-mobile herds may even live to become seen as old


mister-grimm840

True. be it weather, disease, piss poor parenting in one way or the other or just horny stallions. 25% would be calling it generous is some cases.


Akayashe

True - on average. City ferals have a 50/50 chance of growing to adulthood because of the lack of predators and access to relatively fresh trash and shelter on one hand and cars and humans on the other. Field ferals have the lowest chance of survival, lack of shelter, predators and farmers all keep said chance in the low single digits. Forest ferals fare a bit better, depending on the forest type even a lot better. Single tree forests (especially birch and pine forests) still provide a 12% chance of growing up even with the low sheltering from wind. Healthy mixed forests with good underbrush provide very good shelter, dead leaves and plants generally tide Fluffies over the winter pretty well as long as the snow isn't too thick which brings the survival chance up to around 15%. Park ferals vary wildly. On one hand there generally aren't a lot of predators and decent amounts of shelter but a lot of park owners and keepers will kill entire herds on sight. A lot of breeders try to get them to sell them the foals for combating HasBIO brand loyalty but not every park is willing to agree. Climate of course also has a strong influence as well. Harsh winters will exterminate entire herds easily, blazing sommers as well. Dry weather is as detrimental as constant rain. In general feral Fluffies do best in temperate and subtroptical climates, tropical and cold climates being far harder for them to adapt to. There is no ferals in deserts, hot or cold.


Lupusam

True - between 25 and 20 percent. Definitely higher for urban ferals, but not by a huge amount considering the stupid circumstances a feral herd can decide to bring more babies into.


MysteryBlue

Definitely true in my headcanon, especially in urban environments because of starvation and exposure. Ferals tend to survive in suburban environments since porches are adequate shelter and trashcans are fairly easy to raid, but rural environments offer more food variety and other resources. However, there’s the issue of predators, which is basically anything that moves.


kolohiiri

True, although the morality rate goes up and down depending on season and enviroment. In general, a solo mare can only provide for two foals full time, unless there's plenty of food around. With litter sizes varying from four to seven on average, survival depends on devoted parenting and equal care from both mother and father. Stupidity is a whole other statistic.


quaintif

False, 1 in 10


Blibber3

I'd say that it's more 30% in optimal weather. 2% in the Northern states during winter. Same for the Southern ones in the summer.


NikkiT96

Yeah, if not more. It's not uncommon for a mare to lose all of her litter.


SandysBottomBitch

False. It's more like 75% that live thanks to Hasbio correcting a mistake in their programming that makes them die during or right after birth.


[deleted]

I'd say it is closer to 10%. Then again, my head canon has it that ferals have to be killed, adopted, neutered, or dropped off at a shelter if found. Even feeding ferals, not counting force feeding them their young, is a fineable offense.


MiddleTradition1438

Probably only 12 present


Boysenberry-Sea

True, but the rate is higher (like 50%) among newbie ferals who've just ran away from their homes. Out of all of the causes malnutrition is a huge killer of foals as the parents cannot provide enough food in time.


Flight-547

True


CaptainDaxWolf

False. Ferals have a very small herd count. They've been known to birth just the right amount of offspring to get by. Most years go lean, and no foals are going to be born. The parents are going to keep a working foal, if it's proven to be lazy, they kill and eat it, wasting none of the calories for a burial.


chaoticphoenix1313

Don't forget the parents killing "monster" foals...


ImProbablyNotABird

True, give or take a few percent.


Chemical-Charity-644

True


Sootfeather91

Varies based on environment. Cities = 33% Farmland = 50% Plains = 27% Forests = 30% Wetlands = 19% Deserts = 26% (Note: these are, of course, discounting areas that outright ban or employ a “kill on sight” policy to fluffies)


Thannk

Varies by region, breed, and global events. In some places they never survive the season, all Ferals are from migrations or fresh runaways. Others get lucky, with all surviving to take advantage of a surplus of resources and perfect conditions after natural disaster such as extreme winds or severe flooding drives out or kills the existing population from an area low in predators.


Princessbitch4

Sounds about right so I go with true


crescent_moon_boi

Not to me