Alaska’s pop­u­lar rein­deer, Star, dies in owner’s arms

West Hawaii Today - - Island Life -

AN­CHOR­AGE, Alaska (AP) — A pop­u­lar rein­deer that could be seen walk­ing the streets of down­town An­chor­age has died at age 15.

KTVA-TV re­ported that Star the rein­deer died on Satur­day.

A note posted on her pen by owner Al­bert White­head said Star died in his arms.

White­head took Star on a short walk, and she col­lapsed after re­turn­ing home.

White­head said she spent her last days hang­ing out and eat­ing her fa­vorite treats, such as grapes and mini wheats.

Star was an An­chor­age sta­ple for both lo­cal res­i­dents and tourists. She was the sixth of a line of lo­cal pet rein­deer go­ing back more than 50 years.

RACHEL D’ORO/ AP PHOTO, FILE

Al­bert White­head shows his pet rein­deer, Star, dur­ing a stroll through down­town An­chor­age, Alaska, in 2010.

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