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