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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Public appeal after spooked reindeer goes on run in Lake District forest

Oh deer! Walkers are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for a reindeer which has gone missing in a forest.

Missing reindeer photo
Borneo the reindeer

The animal has been missing for days after bolting away - jumping over a 6ft fence - when spooked by a dog.

The seven-year-old adult male called Borneo was one of two reindeer on show at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.

Officials have appealed to the public for help in tracking down the reindeer, which was on loan from Scotland.

Barbara Thomson, of forest owners the Forestry Commission: said: “Reindeer have an inbred fear of dogs and one was spooked and escaped over the fence and was chased out into the forest.

“This isn’t so much a welfare issue because there will be plenty of food for him to eat out in the forest. But we really would like to have him back.”

Borneo went missing on Wednesday.

The reindeer with him was sent back to Scotland because it got lonely!

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