SPCA READY TO LOOK AF­TER REIN­DEER Wick­low ready for ar­rival of Santa

Bray People - - Bray People - Fin­tan LAMBE

THE SPCA have con­firmed they are trained and ready for Santa’s visit and will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the team of rein­deer when they pass through the County Car­low area.

A spokesper­son for one branch of the So­ci­ety said the Elite C.R.R.T. (Christ­mas Rein­deer Re­sponse Team) is ready to go at a minute’s no­tice.

Ev­ery year each SPCA around the world re­ceives emer­gency in­for­ma­tion to as­sist any pos­si­ble prob­lems that might oc­cur with fly­ing rein­deer, and the North Wex­ford SPCA have to en­sure no prob­lems when ‘ Mr. C’ en­ters into Car­low air space.

‘ Our lo­cal in­spec­tors have be­ing train­ing for the last month and are on standby if any­thing hap­pens,’ said the spokesper­son.

‘We are aware that Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Don­ner, Prancer and Vixen are trained pro­fes­sion­als and have been do­ing this for many years, but you need to pre­pared if any­thing hap­pens.

‘The team has been train­ing and can now re-hoof a rein­deer, un­tan­gle its tail and wash it down in less than a minute. Speed is es­sen­tial, you can­not af­ford too much down time when mil­lions of toys need to be de­liv­ered.’

To train for the event, their in­spec­tors have been fed a diet of car­rots and cook­ies and spend ten min­utes sit­ting in a freezer ev­ery day to ac­cli­ma­tise to an arc­tic en­vi­ron­ment.

All kids are asked to be vig­i­lant and look af­ter all their pets over the hol­i­day sea­son, Christ­mas can be a danger­ous time for pets.

The So­ci­ety ad­vises: Keep chocolate away from an­i­mals, it can be poi­sonous to them.

Ex­er­cise your pet over the Christ­mas pe­riod to en­sure it keeps in shape.

Also pet own­ers are warned of dec­o­ra­tions, as pets would not be fa­mil­iar and might chew and swal­low some­thing danger­ous.

So keep them out of reach of pets when you hang them up or put them on the Christ­mas tree.

HO, HO HO – Santa Claus on his sleigh at the North Pole.

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