Luisa Zissman has shared her emotional reaction to seeing her late horse Madrono after having him stuffed.
The former Apprentice contestant posted a video to Instagram on Tuesday evening of the horse's unveiling and revealed that Madrono, who she said had been put down due to cancer, would be taking "pride of place" in the entrance hall of her new home.
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In a studio surrounded by other animals including giraffes, elephants and deer heads, a red cover was lifted off of the taxidermy recreation with Zissman reduced to tears at the sight.
She captioned the video: "The day we were reunited ❤️😢⭐️ I know I’m weird, I know this isn’t normal but when Madrono had to be PTS due to melanomas (cancer) I was shattered. I had seen @simon_the_stuffa amazing work and he was the first person I called.
"I can’t describe the overwhelming heartbreak when Madrono died I spent a week in bed and got stress induced vertigo 🙈 (pathetic I know)
"Seeing him again today was so incredible. He’s perfect, his kind eyes are exactly the same, the little swirls in his coat, his beautiful mane all so perfect. Thank you @simon_the_stuffa and your team. You really have made me so happy! (Even though I’m ugly crying)."
In a series of follow up photos she was snapped hugging the horse, who she described as "the most beautiful, majestic, stunning horse of a lifetime".
The stallion was preserved by taxidermist Simon Wilson and his team, with Wilson describing Madrono on his own Instagram page as the "most beautiful horse I have ever seen".
Zissman shared to Instagram in December 2019 that Madrono had died after a four year battle with melanomas.
She wrote at the time: "For 4years we have battled your melanomas and although I knew this day would come one day, I didn’t quite believe it.
"You’ve been the best horse ever for nearly 6years. So many amazing happy memories. I can’t believe it. Heartbroken doesn’t come close. 💔💔💔 thank you for being the best ever 💔💔💔."
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