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Cowboy catches reindeer on the loose

December 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An escaped reindeer from the Christmas tree lot was captured safe and sound in Santa Barbara by a cowbody. The 9-year-old reindeer was on the lam for two and a half hours Thursday, scampering through busy streets around the Santa Maria Fairpark, strawberry fields and residential areas.

Rancher Bob Acquistapace, wearing a cowboy hat, boots and spurs, lassoed and tied the runaway animal to a lamppost.

The reindeer appeared to be out of breath after the ordeal, but no injuries were reported.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.