One of the best-loved characters at a North-east animal sanctuary has died.
Willows Animal Sanctuary, near Fraserburgh, announced “dear old boy” Fluke the horse had passed away aged 42.
Horses normally live for between 25 and 30 years and it is very rare for one to make it into their fifth decade.
The news was greeted with sadness by everybody at the centre, which looks after hundreds of different creatures.
A spokeswoman said: “Our dear old boy Fluke passed away at the grand age of 42. We are not sure exactly what went wrong, but it was very sudden and our vet advised us that it was kindest to let him go.
“We were all by his side and our vet did a great job helping him slip peacefully to sleep and to a dignified end. We are all absolutely heartbroken and to say that he will be missed is an understatement.”
The charity expressed gratitude for the fact the latter stages of Fluke’s long life had been helped by donations from the public.