As the world’s media sits outside a London hospital waiting for news of the royal baby, an equally special baby made a more private entrance to the world yesterday at her home in Staffordshire.
April, a beautiful baby reindeer, arrived almost unnoticed at 6pm on Tuesday 28 April, marking the start of the reindeer calving season at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, home to England’s largest reindeer herd.
Over the next few weeks the specialist reindeer Lodge, situated just outside of Lichfield in Staffordshire, is expecting around a dozen baby reindeers to join their extensive herd which currently stands around the 150 mark.
April’s mum, Honey, was the first to calve last year too with her daughter May arriving on 1 May. May’s little sister seemed a tad more impatient to meet the world and despite being on the small side is already eagerly exploring her surroundings.
Blithbury Reindeer Lodge owner Steve Swinnerton said: “We’re all delighted that April has arrived safely and that Honey is proving to be an excellent and natural mother yet again.
“As we have the largest reindeer herd in the country May is a very busy month for us at the Reindeer Lodge. We’ve developed our breeding programme extensively over the last few years and are expecting a bumper number of calves to join April this year.”
Steve, widely known as the Reindeer Man because of his unrivalled knowledge of reindeer, has been successfully breeding and training reindeer for over 20 years. He moved to Blithbury eight years ago and has spent that time converting the former dairy New House Farm into a purpose-built reindeer farm and licensed zoo.
Blithbury Reindeer Lodge is one of the few places in the country where the public can get up close to fuss reindeer of all shapes and sizes, babies included! The Lodge is opening its gates in June for a special event so that the public can meet April and all the other 2015 babies who will join the herd over the next few weeks.
Steve continued “Reindeer are fascinating animals with completely natural mothering instincts, even after 20 years of working with them it’s an honour to watch mother and calf relationships develop and I’m thrilled that because of our specialist set up at the Lodge we are able to open this experience up to the general public through our Meet the Babies event in June.”
In order to ensure the welfare of the mothers and new babies numbers will be limited at Meet the Babies and tickets must be pre-booked in advance. For further information, and to book tickets click here.