Monarto zoo’s adorable one-day-old zebra has had to be put down.

Zoos SA released the following statement on Friday afternoon…

“We are deeply saddened to share the news our beloved newborn zebra has tragically passed away.

“During the day, keepers noticed the foal was struggling to stand and quickly called the vet team to determine the cause. After an examination, vets found the zebra had sustained an injury that was drastically affecting its quality of life and the decision was made to humanely euthanize it.

“After its birth yesterday, the foal had been seen suckling and keepers had no cause for concern. In the wild, zebras can be quite boisterous and it is possible she was caught amongst the adults which ultimately led to an injury.

“Our keepers and vet team care deeply for all the animals at Monarto Zoo, and this is a very unexpected and sad shock. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”

We were about to give you the good news of its arrival and show you these adorable photos and video (above)  when the bad news came through.