Reindeer in Xmas training

DZG’s youngest reindeer have begun their harness and halter training in preparation for Christmas duties.

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Keepers have been introducing seven month-old Fern and young male Bramble to their head collar and harness leads for the first time.

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The older reindeer in the herd have also been sporting halters around the paddock so they can get used to wearing them again.

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Keeper Neil Flockhart said: “We leave head collars on the reindeer for a couple of hours during the day, so they get used to the feel of them again, and we’ve been starting to train Fern and Bramble to be led using harnesses.”

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Halters and harnesses help keepers to carry out necessary health checks on the herd, and of course, allow the reindeer to take part in the all-important duty of pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.