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Breaking moos! Aggie the cow is dead

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Aggie, the Prospect Park Zoo’s beloved cow, is dead. She was 18, and died of natural causes.

A Dexter cow, Aggie lived in the barnyard since her birth in 1993, sharing space with sheep, miniature horses and those pesky alpacas.

Her staccato moos frightened generations of children, but also cheered kids of all ages, many of whom wrote notes that filled her “moo box” and covered a corkboard inside the barn.

“You are beautiful and I would never want to eat you,” wrote one young fan (who clearly miscast affection as vegetarianism). Another wrote, “Dearest Agatha you are the color to my rainbow…”

Dexter cows live an average of 15-20 years.

“Aggie will be greatly missed,” said Denise McClean, director of the Zoo. “People grew up visiting her and came back to the zoo to see her through the years. She had a big personality and loved the attention.”

It’s not the first time that Brooklyn has lost an oversized zoological personality. In 2008, the New York Aquarium lost Ayveq, its famed masturbating walrus.

Check back for more on this story.

Updated 6:38 pm, September 7, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Yeah right! they prob sold her to the slaughter shop.
Sept. 7, 2011, 8:27 pm
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
RIP, Aggie. You will be missed.
Sept. 7, 2011, 8:37 pm
Joe Nardiello from Carroll Gardens says:
She's gone to finer pastures. (Somewhere Elsie?) Lightness aside, this is sad news... and she will be missed by countless children - in what is an outstanding children's zoo. I hope they can replace her somehow, unlike the large empty tank where the beluga whales once lived at the Coney Island aquarium.
Sept. 8, 2011, 12:29 pm
Katrina from Park Slope says:
"Prospect Park’s legendary daily queen losses battle."

The typos in this publication astound me.
Sept. 8, 2011, 1 pm
Mary from Park Slope says:
Couldn't you guys have been a little softer on the headline? Geez.

Lots of kids and adults loved her.
Maybe you should have said something like
"Aggie has gone on to greener pastures"

Breaking Moos- Aggie the cow is dead?
come on....so tasteless.

.....................(don't go there)
Sept. 8, 2011, 2:10 pm
Taylor from Crown Heights says:
Oh no! I loved Aggie!
April 1, 2013, 7:55 am

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