Scilly Reindeer Spend Christmas On Mainland

Jingle and Belle getting ready for their journey on the Gry Maritha

The islands’ reindeer are taking a trip to the mainland this Christmas.

Owner Stella Wyburne-Ridsdale is sending Jingle, Belle and Tula to stay with a reindeer-handler friend in Cornwall.

And yesterday’s operation to load them into the horsebox, ready for the sea crossing on the Gry Maritha, went much better than planned.

Stella had been concerned that stag, Jingle, could be difficult to handle. It’s ‘rutting’ season and his antlers are fully-grown, which makes him quite unwieldy.

But in the end, with the help of several friends, the animals quickly settled into their temporary home.

The reindeer are a familiar sight around the streets and on the beaches of St Mary’s. Youngster Tula spent several months on the mainland this year after breaking her leg in an accident, but is now fully recovered, says Stella.

They’ll be making a few ‘star’ appearances at Christmas events around Cornwall over the next few weeks but Stella is keeping tight lipped about where.

She’s asked anyone who spots them to take a picture and upload it to the Scilly Reindeer facebook page.


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