Fergus the orphan reindeer

A couple of weeks ago I got to photograph a baby reindeer that is being hand-reared by staff at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Aviemore.

Fergus was born on the 9th of June and his mum died when he was just 10 days old, so staff at the reindeer centre took the unusual step of bottle-feeding him.

At first the young reindeer was being cared for by staff member Abigail Saunders in her home, but now Fergus is living at the reindeer centre and other members of staff are taking turns to bottle-feed the orphan calf.

The ‘herders’, as staff at the reindeer centre are known, hope that soon they’ll be able to take Fergus up to the rest of the reindeer herd on Cairngorm Mountain. He will spend his days there before coming back down to the reindeer centre at night. By late summer he should be able to stay up the mountain with the rest of the herd.

The lady in the photos is Andi Probert, one of the reindeer herders.

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