Reindeer that blocked the road after escaping from Santa’s cave, captured

Two reindeer have been caught causing a highway to be closed after escaping from a Christmas attraction on a country estate.

The animals got it on Sunday from the Elveden estate in Suffolk, where they were taken to an event at Santa’s grotto.

They both traveled on the A11 near Barton Mills, forcing police to temporarily close the road in both directions on Sunday afternoon at around 3.20pm.

Suffolk Police officers were involved in efforts to capture the reindeer, which were called off overnight.

Operations resumed on Monday, and the animals were caught at 12:05 p.m.

On Sunday, National Highways East told Program X: “@suffolkpolice have closed the A11 near #BartonMills in both directions between #A1134 #Thetford and #A1101 due to several deer on the road.”

A spokeswoman for Elveden Estate said on Monday: “I knew where they were last night but of course we were losing the light so we didn’t want to scare them so we left them overnight.

“Their owners returned this morning and after a few hours managed to get them back.”

She added: “They brought another reindeer and food with them, but it took a long time.”

Reports initially said a “large number” of reindeer were on the way, but Sarah Parry of Elveden Farms said on Monday: “We only rented two reindeer for the weekend.”

“They escaped from their keepers and have now been captured and taken home safe and sound in Lincolnshire,” she said.

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