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Abnormal heat spurs reindeer to hit the beach

A swimming spot in northern Finland had unlikely visitors seeking solace from soaring temperatures.

Reindeer in Rovaniemi, Finland cool down at the beach. Image: Johanna Koivisto
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A pair of enterprising reindeer hit the beach in northern Finland last Tuesday as the mercury rose to 28 degrees Celsius. The free-range deer cooled down at the Ounaskoski beach in Rovaniemi, the largest city in Finnish Lapland.

"Many people took photos and it didn't seem to bother them in the slightest. Children were playing nearby and that didn't disturb them either," said Johanna Koivisto, who snapped a picture of the resting duo.

Koivisto said she wasn't surprised to see reindeer at Ounaskoski, as she had seen the animals there the previous summer, too. In other words, it was just a normal day at the beach in Rovaniemi.

Reindeer in Lapland have had difficulties coping with the abnormally high temperatures.

The newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun)earlier this week of reindeer "queuing at the Kela office", after a group of deer gathered outside the social benefits agency's location in the Lapland village of Inari to stand in the shade.

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