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Sad farewell to Buster the Bristol bus-stop pony

Buster is no commuter, but he handled his wait for rescue at a busy Bristol bus stop with great aplomb. Photo: HorseWorld

Buster is no commuter, but he handled his wait for rescue at a busy Bristol bus stop with great aplomb. © HorseWorld

A tiny stallion who made international headlines over his wait at a British bus stop has died, aged 22.

The charity HorseWorld has confirmed that the pony, named Buster after his brush with the transport system in the city of Bristol, was found dead in his pasture on Wednesday.

“Very sad news today. We’ve just heard that little Buster has passed away at his loan home,” the charity reported on its website.

“He was turned out in the morning and found dead later that day. There were no signs of distress, so he appears to have gone peacefully.”

Buster found a lovely home in Gloucestershire. Photo: HorseWorld

Buster found a lovely home in Gloucestershire. © HorseWorld

Buster, a grey Shetland who stood just 34 inches tall, hit the headlines last year when he was found abandoned, tied to a bus stop on a busy Bristol road late in October.

Buster’s patient wait didn’t get him a trip into town, but it certainly earned him a one-way ticket to HorseWorld.

Buster was not underweight, but was given a thorough veterinary checkover  and lost his Crown jewels in order to give him a better life.

In February, Buster went to a home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with Sian Thomas, her mother Corrine and sister Pixie, where he was described as a happy little pony.

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