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A reindeer has been spotted in the loose in Sunderland after escaping from its enclosure at a local park.
It’s thought that a dog scared the creature, causing it to leap over a fence and make a dash for freedom.
It trotted through the city centre, followed by police cars, while loads of people were out Christmas shopping.
The reindeer was finally caught and returned – unharmed – to the park, where extra fencing has now been put up to stop any more animal escapes.
Olive Fraser, who spotted the reindeer running through the street, said: “We were just standing in the forecourt of the garage and I just caught a glance.
“I knew it wasn’t a dog because it was so big but when I went out there was no sign of it.”
The council are now reminding dog owners to keep their pets on leads.