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Przewalski's Horse at SCBI

December 11, 2013

Today a Przewalski's horse died at our Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

The colt was found in the 2,500 square-foot barn where he lived with his mother, another female, and her filly. The group also has access to a large outdoor yard. The barn also houses other Przewalski’s horses, but they are separated by a fence in the barn. The colt was last seen during routine rounds yesterday at 2:30 p.m. in fine health.

This morning, keepers found the foal alongside the fence, which was bowed outward. The preliminary necropsy revealed a traumatic fracture of his neck. The colt was born on August 15, 2013.