White reindeer is born at Hambeldon farm

Lady Musgrave, the owner of Barn Farm Educational Working Farm, with Aspen the white reindeer ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151187-7680)
Lady Musgrave, the owner of Barn Farm Educational Working Farm, with Aspen the white reindeer ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151187-7680)

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ASPEN may look like a new-born lamb at first glance, but the animal, born at Barn Farm near Hambledon, is a white reindeer.

Farm owner Lady Carol Musgrave, 64, said: ‘I was so shocked but also very excited when I saw her. I haven’t heard of many white reindeer around here. Her parents are both grey with bits of white, so we didn’t expect Aspen to be fully white.’

I haven’t heard of many white reindeers around here

Lady Carol Musgrave

The reindeer, originally from Sweden, require a lot of care.

Lady Musgrave said: ‘At the moment they are moulting and a lot of work is focused on keeping them cool in such hot weather.

‘You can’t feed them when it’s hot because they can’t digest their food, so we’ve been feeding them at midnight.’

Barn Farm offers a 10-week course to students who want to be vets. Visit thebarnfarm.co.uk for more information.