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Wildwood welcomes new reindeer calf and lambs

A wildlife park has welcomed some new arrivals.

With eight months to go until Christmas, staff at Wildwood in Herne Bay have welcomed a baby reindeer to its fold.

Wildwood welcomes its 'lockdown reindeer'

The calf was born to mum Holly and father Kenny last week.

For now, the youngster – whose sex is unknown – will be kept in an enclosure just with its mum.

The joy didn't stop there as the park also saw the arrival of four soay lambs last week.

Soay are a small primitive breed of domestic sheep that are descended from a population of feral animals on the 259-acre island of Soay, in the St Kilda Archipelago, about 65km from the Western Isles of Scotland.

Soay lambs born at Wildwood, in Herne Bay

Paul Whitfield, director general at Wildwood Trust said: "We couldn’t be more delighted that in between the hard times of keeping this park running during coronavirus, we experience the joy of spring babies."

Reindeer keeper Sally Holt added: "We have been eagerly awaiting the new additions and were pleased to see all had arrived safely.

"Both lambs and calf are doing well, keeping Mum busy with their big appetites and inquisitive nature to explore their surroundings."

The keepers at the park in Wealden Forest Park, have been filming regular updates on their animals during the park's closure.

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