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Confederate carousel pony removed, zoo visitors debate issue

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Nancy Parker is executive director of the Saginaw children's zoo. She stands behind her decision to take a horse bearing the Confederate flag off the carousel.

“Well, it’s a controversy,” Parker said.

While she knows some in the community don't support the move. She believes this action is what's best for all who visit here.

"We look at ourselves as a community zoo. And we don't want to serve just one group. We want to serve everyone," Parker said.

At first the zoo planned to repaint the horse, covering the flag. But after hearing requests to preserve it, the Confederate military pony now sits locked away in storage. Zoo officials are trying to figure out what to do with it.

Parker said she's already gotten calls of interest from a Confederate horse museum in Mississippi. It's too early to know where this horse will end up. But one thing is certain: its days as part of this carousel ride are over.

"We are a public facility. And we really don't want to do things that cause any group harm, any group discomfort," Parker said.

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