Baby reindeer makes break for freedom on A6

Back together again, Dasher with his female companions at Bay View Garden Centre, Bolton le Sands and general manager Neil Ackerley.
Back together again, Dasher with his female companions at Bay View Garden Centre, Bolton le Sands and general manager Neil Ackerley.

Prancer the baby reindeer made a break for freedom and went looking for Santa – a little bit early.

The young reindeer sparked chaos following his escape from Bay View Garden Centre in Bolton-le-Sands. He ended up trotting along the A6.

Shocked motorists were startled to see him and he allegedly caused one crash.

Driver Lisa Taylor, said: “I saw the escaped reindeer as it ran out in front of my car at ten to nine on my way to work.

“It caused a collision between myself and another car .” Prancer, who is six months old, then ran onto the foreshore at Bolton-le-Sands before he was rounded up by staff and returned to the centre, tired but none the worse for wear from his epic escape.

“This is the first time anything like this has happened in all the years that we have been looking after Santa’s reindeer” said Stephanie Cockerham, owner of Bay View Garden Centre, Bolton-le-Sands.

“We are at a loss as to how this happened as we take as much care as possible to ensure the safety and welfare of these beautiful animals.

“When Santa arrived at Bay View Garden Centre to see the children in his grotto on Friday afternoon, he was shocked to find out what had happened earlier in the day.

“Prancer has promised Santa he will never do this again!”

Prancer is now resting ahead of his busy duties on Christmas Eve.

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