A Christmas Story

The kind of thing that makes for news in semi-rural central California.
A cowboy on horseback lassoed a runaway reindeer that escaped from a Santa Maria Christmas tree lot and eluded capture for hours.

The 9-year-old reindeer, which doesn't have a name, was on the lam for 2 1/2 hours Thursday, scampering through busy Santa Maria streets, strawberry fields and residential areas.

Rancher Bob Acquistapace, riding a horse and wearing a cowboy hat, boots and spurs, finally got a rope over the reindeer's head at about noon and tied the exhausted animal to a lamppost.
Sarah Palin, we suspect, would have handled the incident in a slightly different manner.

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