Santa Claus was in Colorado visiting children inside the La Riva Mall when one of his reindeer broke free. While Santa was inside listening to Christmas wish lists, the reindeer jumped over its enclosure, leading police on a jog.
The reindeer was eventually located on the other side of a nearby reservoir. The Summit County sheriff’s office brought in another reindeer to lure the runaway and get it back into a trailer. Everything was back in place before the Big Man returned.
The reindeer form an incredible team, who fly and pull Santa’s sleigh to help him deliver Christmas gifts.
The commonly cited names of the reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
They are based on those used in the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (commonly called “The Night Before Christmas”), which is arguably the basis of reindeer’s popularity as Christmas symbols, and in which Donner and Blitzen were originally called Donder and Blixem respectively.