Six caribou stranded on block of ice slowly drift away from their herd after being caught out by 'ice break-up season'

Stranded on a block of ice, these reindeer were photographed drifting away from their herd in Canada.

The six reindeer, also known as caribou, were seen floating down the Porcupine River in Old Crow, Yukon, Canada towards the border with Alaska.

The images were released by the Alaska department of homeland security and emergency management showing the ice break up season, which can cause flooding as well as catching caribou off-guard.

Dayna Lord, who took a video of the stranded animals, told CBS News: ‘We’ve seen some run off the ice and we’ve seen another bunch of caribou jump off the ice and run up the bank.

'A lot of people feel bad, but it’s just something that happens every year.'

Caribou can weigh up to 50 stone, but luckily for these animals their large hooves enable them to paddle through water, meaning they will be able return to safety when the ice block melts.

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Responses to "Six caribou stranded on a block of ice in Alaska (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    somebody better do something fast!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Shoot them, donate the meat to displaced family's.
    No more worries better things to report in the news.

  3. This is not unusual in itself. If the point of posting this has to do with global warming, ok. But the fact is, critters of all kinds in this region have always been challenged by the possibility of this occurrence. It is, indeed, a part of life in the far north.

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