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Reindeer escape! How elves helped find the runaway Rudolph

PUBLISHED: 14:52 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:52 03 December 2019

A reindeer - something like this one - escaped from Wroxham Barns. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A reindeer - something like this one - escaped from Wroxham Barns. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Roman Babakin

Elves helped rescue a reindeer that got a bit "over-excited" and jumped over a fence at a Christmas event.

As reported, the animal was on the loose in north Norfolk on Sunday afternoon after it escaped.

Ben Marshall, general manager at Wroxham Barns, said the reindeer was part of its Christmas Santa experience, which runs throughout December.

He said: "We get the reindeers through a reputable third party and we have two at the events.

"One of them got a little over-excited and jumped over a 4.5ft high reindeer-proof fence.

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"It decided to explore a field around Wroxham Barns. A member of the public called the police as they were not sure they had seen a reindeer in a field.

"A team of elves went to rescue it. We took the other reindeer to the field and, as soon as it spotted it, the loose reindeer came straight back and went back to the show. The reindeer was not injured."

Norfolk police tweeted on Sunday: "Christmas is saved!!!! Call received in our control room about a loose reindeer in the north Norfolk area.

"A few phone calls later and Santa's little helpers are on their way to collect!"

Inspector Gina Hopkinson, of Norfolk Police, said: "The reindeer was only on the loose a matter of minutes. It was found, alone, in a field. It has now been reunited with its owners."

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