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World's tallest horse, Big Jake, dies in Wisconsin at age 20

The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin.

World's tallest horse, Big Jake, dies in Wisconsin at age 20

Jerry Gilbert brushes Big Jake at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisconsin, in this on Apr 11, 2014, file photo. (Photo: AP/Carrie Antlfinger, File)

POYNETTE, Wisconsin: The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin.

The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Valicia Gilbert, wife of the farm's owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake died two weeks ago but declined to give the exact date of death when The Associated Press reached her Monday via Facebook.

“We would rather not remember him by a date - it's been a traumatic event for our family,” she said.

Big Jake was nearly 2.1 metres and weighed 1,136 kilogrammes. The Guinness Book of World Records certified him as the world’s tallest living horse in 2010.

Jerry Gilbert told WMTV that Big Jake was a “superstar” and a “truly magnificent animal.” He said Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed 109 kilogrammes at birth, about 45 kilogrammes heavier at birth than a typical Belgian foal.

He said he plans to memorialise Big Jake by keeping his stall empty and inserting a brick on the outside of it with his picture and name.

“It's very quiet (at the farm)," Jerry Gilbert said. “The other horses know. I think they have their own grieving time because Jake was the centre of attention around here. There is a huge void. It feels like he's still here, but he's not.”

Source: AP/ec

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