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A MAN was being treated in hospital last night after being attacked by a reindeer in one of two such incidents to take place in the Scottish Highlands.

Police said the man, who has not been identified, was airlifted to hospital after his thigh was injured by a male reindeer as he was walking with his brother on Cnap Coire Na Spreiddhe in the northern Cairngorms yesterday. Sgt Mhairi Grant, of Aviemore police station, said another man had sustained a gash to his shoulder and leg in a second incident which occurred at around the same time.

She said: 'We have had two incidents of people being injured by a reindeer.

'One man walked into the police office and reported that a reindeer had injured his shoulder and leg, and he was seen by a doctor before returning home.

'The second man had to be taken off the mountain and airlifted to Raigmore by RAF helicopter, from Lossiemouth, after he received a gash in his thigh.' She added: 'This is the first time I've heard of such an attack, but it is the rutting season.'

Britain's only reindeer herd, now numbering around 140, was established in the 1950s in the Cairngorms and at Glenlivet some 30 miles away, when Swedish herder Mikel Utsi reintroduced the animals to Scotland.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2002
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