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England's baby reindeer first in centuries

May 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM

CROWNTOWN, England, May 11 (UPI) -- Staff at a British estate said a herd of free roaming reindeer was joined by the first wild reindeer born in England in 800 years.

Workers at the Trevarno estate in Cornwall, England, said Blue, a baby reindeer born to parents Rudolph and Prancer May 1, is the first reindeer to be born in the wild in England for 800 years and possibly the first of the animals born in the country's far southwest for thousands of years, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

"We're obviously delighted," Trevarno General Manager Richard Cox said. "He really is a gorgeous little fellow and everyone here has fallen in love with him."

The workers said a second calf was born shortly after Blue and two more are expected to be born this week.

The reindeer herd was imported from Scandinavia and allowed to roam free on the estate. Experts said reindeer haven't been indigenous to England for more than 2,000 years.

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