Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man tram horse dies after stroke

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

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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