A zebra has died after hitting a containment fence post inside its enclosure at a zoo in Milwaukee.
The zebra, named Stuart, was “exploring, running and chasing impalas in the yard” at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Impala Plains habitat on Wednesday when it collided with a fence post surrounding the habitat, the zoo said. announced on Thursday.
Tim Wild, the zoo’s curator of large mammals, said an autopsy will be done to find out why the zebra’s injuries were fatal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.
“This tragic accident is a heartbreaking loss for the animal care team and everyone who cares about the animals at our zoo.” said the zoo on that website. “Now the focus is on the health of the impalas and ostriches who share their habitat. The impalas were kept indoors for the rest of the day and the ostriches returned to the yard.”
Stuart was born at the Minnesota Zoo in 2018 and has been at the Milwaukee County Zoo since 2019.