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Feeding time an unnerving reindeer game

Posted: December 22, 2013 at 4 a.m.

The Talkeetna mountain range frames the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska, where visitors can interact with a large herd of reindeer and feed them food pellets. The farm also has other animals such as bison and elk. Illustrates TRAVEL-REINDEER (category t), by Whitney Hopler, special to The Washington Post.  Moved Friday, December 06, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Whitney Hopler.)

The Talkeetna mountain range frames the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska, where visitors can interact with a large herd of reindeer and feed them food pellets. The farm also has other animals such as bison and elk. Illustrates TRAVEL-REINDEER (category t), by Whitney Hopler, special to The Washington Post. Moved Friday, December 06, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Whitney Hopler.)

Standing in the middle of a herd of about 150 reindeer at Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska, I reached out to pet one of the animals. How thick and soft its fur is, I marveled, almost bouncy to the touch, like a natural version of artificial turf.

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Travel, Pages 52 on 12/22/2013

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