Tristan, the first Clydesdale colt born at Busch Gardens, died Friday night due to a highly resistant bacterial infection.
The colt, born on April 5, had been responding well to treatment for several equine-related ailments at an off-site veterinarian facility. By late afternoon, his condition deteriorated and he died at 8:30 p.m.
“Tristan was under veterinarian care from the the time he was born. From the moment we thought there was an issue with his health, we transported him to an off-site veterinarian facility that was prepared to deal with any health issues. His death is unfortunate, and he will be missed,” said Jay Tacey, Busch Gardens manager of zoological operations.