A mischievous reindeer who went off in “a hoof” after being locked in a cupboard, has been found safe and well in St John’s Park.
Although clues to Rudolph’s whereabouts were left by a ‘well wisher’, it took detective work by the police to track him down.
The naughty reindeer with a wobbly antler went missing from The Brow medical centre in Burgess Hill a month ago after being locked in a cupboard for most of the year with Christmas decorations.
Over the past 14 years, he has been let out of the cupboard to add a touch of Chrisitmas magic to the waiting room, but his rebellious streak began to emerge a year ago when he disappeared for a short while, only to turn up at the staff Christmas party.
This year, his break for freedom caused panic and heartache, even though a mysterious “well wisher” reported several sightings of him in and around the town.
The break-through came on Monday, December 23 when police officers apprehended him loitering near the skate park. They brought him back to the surgery just in time to help Santa deliver his presents.
The Brow’s receptionist, Nicky Keig-Shevlin said: “We all missed him and we’re so relieved to have him back!”
The mysterious ‘well wisher’ confirmed to the Middy that a ransom had not been paid. Rudolph is understood to be seeking cosmetic surgery for his wobbly antler as well as counselling and obedience training.