- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 9-year-old moose at a Bismarck zoo has died after strong winds caused a tree to fall on the animal.

KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1La2zXr ) reports that Walter the moose died early Monday at the Dakota Zoo after it was pinned under a 50-foot cottonwood tree. Winds reportedly hit more than 60 mph during the overnight hours and uprooted the tree.

Assistant zoo director Rod Fried says it as a “freak accident.” He says the moose died instantly.

Monday was going to be Walter’s last day at the Dakota Zoo. Officials had planned on transferring the animal to a Minnesota zoo.

Walter was the only moose at the zoo. The moose cage likely will house other animals. The zoo has no plans to get a new moose any time soon.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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