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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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One of our reindeer is missing!

If you go down to the woods today...you may be in for a Christmas surprise.

FOREST SEARCH: Borneo, the reindeer who has gone missing in Whinlatter Forest

Walkers are being asked to keep an eye out for a rogue reindeer who is roaming Whinlatter Forest after being spooked by a dog.

Borneo, an eight-year-old adult male, has been missing since last weekend after jumping over a 6ft fence.

A dog got into an enclosure and chased the reindeer into the forest.

Officials have appealed to the public for help in tracking it down.

Barbara Thomson, of 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 was on loan from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Scotland and was on show as part of an education programme with another reindeer.

The other reindeer had to be sent back to Scotland because they get lonely.

Tilly Smith, Borneo’s owner, said: “It will be a nice surprise for anyone who stumbles across him but we want to urge them to get in touch.

“Being on his own he will be very confused because he is part of a herd of 150 reindeer at home. He is a tame, middle-aged deer with dark markings.

“My husband and I came the day after the incident to help search for Borneo and my husband is still in Cumbria looking for him.

“We just hope we find him safe and well.”

Two more reindeer arrived at the centre this week.

A Forestry Commission spokesman added: “We’d like to remind forest visitors of their responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times.”

Anyone who sees Borneo can call Nathan Fox, of the Forestry Commission, on 01768 778611.


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