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Reindeer Attacks Human

The staff at East Iceland Natural History Institute is quite busy these days making reindeer calves and counting wild reindeers in the eastern part of Iceland. One staff member was lucky to get away alive when a reindeer attacked him.

The reindeer, a doe with a newborn calf, attacked Reimar Ásgeirsson when he tried to approach the offspring to mark it.

“The doe ran towards me with, trying to stab me. I just managed to grab her horns before she reached me and slide sideward, so only the other horn stabbed my coat,” Ásgeirsson told Morgunbladid.

The cow tried repeatedly to stab Ásgeirsson but he managed to run away.

Another employee of East Iceland Natural History Institute, Gustaf F. Eggertson, took an outstanding picture of reindeers swimming over Jökla, a glacial river which runs though the eastern highlands. It is known that reindeers can easily cross rivers, but there are few eye witnesses.

The picture can bee seen here.

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