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Reindeer herd head for new home
Dandy the Reindeer
Dandy will stay at Blackpool Zoo
Six young reindeer males are heading north from their home on the Lancashire coast for a new life in the Scottish Highlands.

Blackpool Zoo's oldest male reindeer, a 10-year-old called Dandy, fathered the six. They are going to the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig.

A spokeswoman for Blackpool Zoo said it now had a total of 16 reindeer and had to move some on.

"It is always quite sad to see our babies leaving Blackpool," she said.

"They are destined for a superb facility in Scotland, and we cannot keep all the boys or Dandy would be most upset."

Dandy fathered an all-female herd in 2005, which is an unusual feat for the species.


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