Isle of Man tram horse dies after stroke

Horse and tram on the Isle of Man The horse trams have been running along Douglas seafront for 138 years

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A tram horse has died after suffering a stroke while pulling a tram along a promenade in the Isle of Man, Douglas borough council has confirmed.

A spokesman said the 17-year-old animal, called Albert, collapsed on Tuesday and was taken back to the stables on a trolley.

A council spokesman said a post mortem is due to be carried out this week.

Tram supervisor, Michael Crellin said during his 41-year career it was the first time a horse had died on duty.

He said all the tram horses were checked regularly by a vet, who knew the animals well.

Douglas Council said all the tram service staff dealt with the emergency "efficiently and professionally".

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