It was a loss they saw coming but could never fully prepare for.
Staff at Victoria’s Beacon Hill Children’s Farm are mourning their beloved 30-year-old miniature horse, Peanut Butter, who passed away Tuesday morning.
“She was very well known to the entire community,” manager Claudia Laube told Victoria Buzz, noting Peanut Butter called Beacon Hill home for nearly 25 years.
“She was very sick for a long time. We had a meeting with the vet this morning and put her down,” explained Laube.
“We cried and collected ourselves.”
The farm first announced the news in a Facebook post, quickly met by a flood of condolences and community support.
“Peanut Butter was always one of our favourites to visit. She was a beautiful girl,” wrote one user. “Peanut Butter was the best little horse. So gentle and patient and such a character,” added another.
According to Laube, the farm kept its doors closed for a few hours this morning but reopened around noon and is back to regular hours, with admission a suggested $4 donation.
“Peanut Butter was—I mean, still is—such a sweetheart,” added Laube.