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Reindeer loses horns to barbed wire

A reindeer in southeast Iceland tangled its horns in the remains of a barbed wire fence and couldn’t get it off its horns. A farmer observed the reindeer squirming in discomfort until its horns came loose and the animal ran away.

Rúnar Gunnarsson told Fréttabladid that the wire is so tightly wrapped around the two horns that they are stuck together as if they were still on the head of the animal. He said reindeers naturally lose their horns once a year, but rarely in situations like this. Gunnarsson added that he intends to keep the horns.

Jóhann G. Gunnarsson of the Environment and Food Agency of East Iceland commented after the incident that this is another example of human carelessness harming animals. He said many reindeers live with barbed wire tangled around their horns for many months, and some are killed because of it.

Gunnarsson said it is tragic that people leave old fences, fishing nets and telephone wires lying around in the environment, as they are hazardous to animals.

Click here to read a feature on reindeer hunting in Iceland.

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