It’s rein-ing deer at the zoo!

Reindeer April has given birth to a calf, to be named by Gazette readers, at Blackpool Zoo
Reindeer April has given birth to a calf, to be named by Gazette readers, at Blackpool Zoo
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How about this for an early Christmas present?

Staff at Blackpool Zoo are celebrating after three reindeer calves were born in less than a week.

And now Gazette readers can get involved with the celebration by naming the first calf born this year.

Its mother, April, gave birth to the black calf last week.

Lauren Ogden, keeper of the mammals, said: “It’s the first black calf that’s been born for a long time, which is very unusual.”

The female calf who was attached to its mother, who is very protective over the calf has begun to wean away from her, however she still relies on April for her food.

She has become very curious when the other reindeers are eating, in order to familiarise herself, she has been trying the food that the others eat.

Lauren added: “Throughout the season, the keepers don’t have to intervene, it’s very good that they can be left to it, unless intervention is needed, which during the breeding season may be needed as the males can become aggressive as they compete for the females.

“The male has been really good.”

Blackpool Zoo has confirmed two other female reindeers have given birth - one over the weekend and another yesterday.

The two younger calves are more of a golden brown colour.

Lauren said: “The breeding season is always successful and we always end up with a few calves.”

To name the calf email katie.upton@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with your idea. The winning name will then be announced in The Gazette.