- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) - A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years.

Pony X-Press co-owner Ed Papsis says the reindeer is a dark brown female calf, and it was born at a farm on Easter Sunday. She’s been named Mistletoe.

Papsis tells the Morning Sentinel the calf’s mother’s name is Cocoa. Papsis said he didn’t know Cocoa was pregnant.


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There are no wild reindeer left in Maine, and Pony X-Press has the only domesticated ones in the state. It once had the only reindeer in Maine, an 18-year-old female named Freeway that died in 2016. It now has one male and four females.

Attempts to reintroduce reindeer to the wild in Maine in the past haven’t succeeded.



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