Come on, say it with me: ‘Oh, he’s so cuuuuuuuuute……..!’ I refer of course, to Blue, the new born son of proud parents Prancer and Rudolph (what else?). Little Blue is thought to be the first reindeer born in England for 10,000 years.
The 8lb calf was born to a small herd in a 750-acre Cornwall estate.
Reindeer did exist in Britain during the last Ice Age, which was roughly 10,000 years ago. But they then headed north and vanished as the weather warmed up. Now they are only found in Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland.
Reindeer handler Ellie Pearce said: ‘It was incredibly exciting waiting for the first birth. I arrived in one morning and there he was on the hay looking absolutely beautiful.
‘Since then he’s put on a pound a day and he’s become incredibly friendly and inquisitive.
‘He can actually outrun me already but he doesn’t tend to stray far from his mother as she is very protective.’
The calf, which currently stands at little over a 1ft tall, is being fed by his mother but is already developing a taste for grazing in a specially designed pen.
He will soon be introduced to the rest of the herd and allowed to gaze in front of visitors to the 750-acre estate which dates back to 1246 and houses 70 acres of historic gardens as well as the National Museum of Gardening.
Trevarno’s general manager Richard Cox said: ‘We’re obviously delighted with the new addition. He really is a gorgeous little fellow and everyone here has fallen in love with him.’
Makes a change from all the depressing stories about elections etc, doesn’t it…?