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Horse Is Put Down After Slipping On Ice At Minnesota Zoo

One of the most popular horses at Minnesota Zoo, Prince, has been put down after suffering from a fall when he slipped on ice in his pasture.

Prince was left with a fractured leg following the fall.

Prince was one of two horses that were most recognisable at Minnesota Zoo, along with his fellow American Cream Draft Horse, Duke. The pair had worked together for years at the zoo. They have been part of the zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm since it opened back in 2000.

For the following 17 years, they both served as brand ambassadors for the zoo and made multiple appearances at events such as parades and the Minnesota State Fair.

Last year the zoo decided to retire Prince and Duke and replaced them with a group of Clydesdales.

Prince - Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo

Farm Assistant Curator Dawn Walker said: "Our hearts are very sad with what happened to prince yesterday. an unfortunate incident, For anyone who owns horses, this kind of weather, we are very careful. We try to make sure we do all these things, and the unimaginable thing happens."

Although Prince wasn't named after the late Minnesota icon, he often wore a purple rug whilst grazing in the winter months.

Many of the workers at the Zoo had shared moments with Prince and they say the gentle giant will be greatly missed.


"He was loved by so many, and the outpouring of love and support from zoo visitors and the community and staff have been lovely. So everybody is thinking about him right now."

Duke, Prince’s friend, still lives on the farm. Guests will be able to see him when the farm reopens in the spring.