Comfort of Isles Of Scilly home helps reindeer recover
An injured reindeer calf has been nursed back to help after being taken in by a couple – letting it play in their garden and doze on their rug.
Alan and Pauline Richards began caring for Tula after she was hurt in a dog attack at the home of her owner, Stella Wyburne-Ridsdale.
Tula was in Stella's paddock when a dog spooked the reindeer's mum who accidentally stamped on her and broke her leg.
Tula, who lives on St Mary's on the Isles Of Scilly, was taken to a specialist vet on the mainland where her leg was put in a cast. But Stella couldn't afford to stay during its whole recovery, so asked her friend, Craig Richards, of Redruth, to look after her.
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He took time off work to dote on Tula, staying with her in his shed overnight and feeding her every two hours. But when he had to return to his carpet-fitter job, he gave the reindeer to his parents, who live nearby, to look after during the day. Stella said: "They had her for ten weeks and gave her free run of the garden and the ground floor of their house. Alan and Pauline are specialist carers for young adults with learning disabilities who loved to pet her.
"It kept Tula socialised and it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the family. I can't thank them enough."
Tula is now back with her parents Jingles and Bell in St Mary's.