Baby Deer as young as two weeks old.
Baby Deer as young as two weeks old. Kate Darvall

Visit Rudolph, join reindeer games

RUDOLPH'S first stop will be the Ludlow household, but he won't be donning his signature red nose.

Kingaroy's Janette and Clint Ludlow have been raising white fallow and red deer for more than eight years, and in the spirit of Christmas invite people to join in the reindeer games this weekend.

Mrs Ludlow said it started as a hobby for her husband Clint because "he wanted to grow the big magical stag".

"It's just like having a baby," Mr Ludlow said.

"If you're raising them, you have to feed them every four hours."

For the Ludlow family this involves waking up through the night to stick to strict feeding schedules.

Mrs Ludlow said the family had five baby deer, and they expected them to be the main attraction this weekend.

Looking after the baby deer has also provided holiday fun for their daughter Courtney and her friend Shontai.

"I love being able to feed them and watch them run around," Courtney said.

Mr Ludlow said the deer had also accompanied the family on Christmas holidays.

"We dragged one with us when we visited family over Christmas last year," he said.

"The girls could just nurse them on their laps in the car. We only take one at a time though, we're not silly," he laughed.

Mrs Ludlow said she loved the enjoyment the deer brought the kids, and "wanted to share that around a bit".

The Ludlow family will be opening their gates at 11 Aerodrome Rd, Kingaroy this weekend from 5-7pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for anyone who wants to bring the kids along to see Rudolph and his friends for free.

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